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Posted by Jordan Laio | Oct 03, 2010

25 Ways to Clean with Salt

It's green and clean!

1. All purpose cleaner: For an all-purpose cleaner, use a mixture of salt and vinegar, but don't apply it to materials which may be sensitive to vinegar such as linoleum, marble, or waxed surfaces.

2. Brass or copper: For general shining purposes, mix together equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar. Apply to metal with a cloth, let sit about an hour, then wipe down and buff.  For tarnished brass or copper, add salt to a squeezed-out lemon rind and rub down metal then rinse and buff.

3. Cast iron cookware: If your cast iron cookware is due for a good cleaning, heat it up over medium-low heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. When it's heated up, remove from heat and add 2-4 Tbs of coarse salt to form paste. Scrub. Add more salt or oil as needed. Rinse off with hot water, wipe dry, and then coat with a thin layer of oil as usual. You can also use a little salt with hot water after each cooking, followed by a light layer of oil. This will keep your cookware clean and prevent rust.

4. Carpet: To get rid of a carpet spot, run in a mixture of equal parts salt, vinegar, and borax. Let this dry and then vacuum it up.

5. Chimney: Tossing a handfull of salt on your fire on occasion is supposed to keep the chimney clean.

6. Coffee pot: To clean, add 2-3 tablespoons salt to the pot and bring to a boil.

7. Enamel: Cookware and dishes -- Apply equal parts salt and vinegar and rub thoroughly.

8. Gold: Same as other metals, mix together equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar and rub down.

9. Hands: Use a mixture of salt and vinegar to remove garlic or onion scent from your hands.

10. Liquid spill: If a colored liquid spills on the carpet, like wine, dab it up and then apply salt to the still wet area. Wait until it dries and then vacuum.

11. Metal: For hardier metals like stainless steel, use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to rub down the surface, then rinse and dry.

12. Mildew stains: Apply a mixture of salt and lemon juice to the affected area, then hang to dry in the sun. Rinse and dry.

13. Oven: For general cleaning purposes, apply a mixture of salt, vinegar, and baking soda and scrub, then wipe off with a moist cloth. For oven spills while cooking, sprinkle with salt, let the salt absorb the liquid, then wipe off. 

14. Pewter: Apply a mixture of salt, flour, and vinegar and allow to dry. Then rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

15. Pots and pans: If you burn food in a pot or pan, add salt immediately which will help the burnt material come off easier.

16. Refrigerator: Clean with a mixture of salt and soda water.

17. Rust: Make a paste of salt, cream of tartar, and water and apply to rust spot on metal. Let dry in the sun.

18. Silver: For silver cutlery or other objects, line the bottom of a baking pan with tin foil, place silver on tin foil and cover with water. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking soda. Bring to a boil and boil about five minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and rinse.

19. Shoes: To help with odorous shoes, add a little salt from time to time.

20. Sink: To restore whiteness to enamel, make a mixture of salt and turpentine and apply to sink surface. Let sit about 15 minutes then wipe off with damp cloth. 

21. Sink drain: For regular cleaning purposes, boil water and salt and pour into sink drain.

22. For a clogged sink: Mix together ½ cup salt, ½ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup cream of tartar and pour into drain. Then pour a kettle of boiling water and let sit at least two hours, then run water to clear out.

23. Vases: Use salt to rub down deposit buildups on vases, then rinse.

24. Wicker: If your white wicker furniture is losing its whiteness, use a brush to apply a saltwater mixture and dry in the sun.

25. Wood: Try to treat surface damage to wood with a mixture of oil and salt by rubbing the mixture in and then wiping it off with a clean cloth.

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