Sunday, July 5, 2015

5 Uses of Rock Salt at Home


Salt: the most basic condiment. It's a staple in every kitchen, a must-have in every home. Since time immemorial, rock salt, or common salt, has been integral to the kitchen and the household at large. Its many uses extend beyond flavoring for food. Due to its coarse texture, rock salt has proven effective at scrubbing or scouring away dirt, grime, and stains. 

Here's how you can use it as a cheap and handy cleaning implement around the home:

On cooking and eating utensils:
Sprinkle a spoonful of the stuff onto your dishes and into your pots and pans. Use the salt to scrub off food debris stuck to the surface. 

In your refrigerator:
Use rock salt with soda water to clean out and deodorize your refrigerator after defrosting. It's an ideal alternative to commercially-sold solutions that may contaminate your food with chemicals.

On rusted or tarnished metal:
Rock salt can be a quick fix to minor rusting or tarnishing. Mix it with cream of tartar or lemon juice and add some water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the metal surface and let dry. Brush it off afterwards and buff the metal. 

On cloth:
Wash the drapes, your decorative rugs, or your clothing in saltwater to brighten faded colors in the material. Mixed with lemon juice, salt can also get rid of rust and mildew stains on cloth. Simply dampen the affected area and let dry under direct sunlight; rinse afterwards. Cold water with salt can also remove blood stains.

On a clothes iron:
To clean the bottom of your clothes iron, sprinkle salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over the salt several times. The salt should scour away stains and greasy or sticky spots from its surface.


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