12 Unusual Uses for Salt

12 Unusual Uses for Salt

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Other than adding flavor to your meals, you may be under the assumption that salt’s only effect on your body is raising your blood pressure and causing serious heart problems later on down the road. While you are partially correct, especially if you tend to consume it quite often, salt can be used for more than just enhancing flavor. That’s right. As it turns out, salt has many uses around the house and ones that you can directly benefit from. Continue reading to find out more about 12 unusual uses for salt that actually work.  In case you missed this post, What to Store in Your Pantry for an Emergency

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12 Unusual Uses for Salt

12 Unusual Uses for Salt

1. Keep Milk from Spoiling 

Did you know that adding just a pinch of salt to your gallon of milk can help to extend the shelflife of it? You can now say goodbye to spoiled milk. Just be sure that you shake the container gently when you go to add the salt. 

2. Test an Egg’s Freshness

Don’t be left wondering if your eggs are still good or not. Take a cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of salt to it, and then stir. If you have a very good fresh egg it should sink. A bad egg will float to the top and you’ll know to throw it out. How cool is that?   

3. Improves Bitter-tasting Coffee

Not too many things in life are worse than a pot of over-brewed coffee that has turned bitter. It’s disgusting!  With just a tiny pinch of salt, you will not only enhance the flavor, but also lessen the bitterness of your coffee.  

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4. Relieves Sore Throats and Canker Sores 

Gargling salt water to help relieve sore throats and canker sores is not something new, but it’s a trick that certainly works. Some people have even said that it helps with toothaches. You will need at least a ¼ of a cup of warm water that’s mixed with 2 teaspoons of salt. Swish it around in your mouth for at least 20 seconds while gargling. It may taste awful and burn a bit, but you should get fast results.  

5. Soothe Pain from a Bee Sting

The next time that you, or someone you know, is stung by a bee or another type of insect, you can use salt to relieve the pain and reduce the surrounding inflammation. Be sure to remove the stinger first, and then wet the affected area with a mixture of both salt and water. Allow it to dry, and it should help lessen the discomfort.   

6. Sanitize Your Sponges 

Your sponges have more bacteria and germs than you may even realize. In order to kill most of these undesirables, get your sponges all sudsy and then rinse them out. Next, place them in cold, heavily salted water and allow them to soak for a couple of hours. This way you won’t be spreading germs, but they’ll actually be cleaning like they were originally meant to do. 

7. Deodorize Your Shoes

Have you recently noticed a foul odor coming from your son’s basketball sneakers? Instead of throwing them out or buying a new pair, sprinkle a bit of salt in them and then wipe them down. It should deodorize the smell. Don’t try this hack with your leather or synthetic shoes. Your shoes may start to discolor, deteriorate, and dry out.  

8. Makes Your Linens White Again 

After a while, you may notice that your white linens aren’t looking all that white anymore. Surprisingly, you don’t necessarily have to use bleach to restore their original color. You can boil your linen or cottons in a big pot while adding a few tablespoons of salt and then a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the mix. You’ll be left with white and crisp linens that don’t appear as dingy anymore. 

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9. Keep Your Clothes from Freezing Out on the Line 

Attempting to dry your laundry out on the clothesline in colder weather can prove to be difficult. To keep your clothes from freezing, add a little salt to the rinse water in your washer. You can also add salt directly onto your clothesline to keep your laundry from freezing to the line.  

10. Kills Poison Ivy 

Getting caught in poison ivy is awful, especially when it starts to spread to other areas of your body. I’ve also never met a single person that is particularly fond of this obnoxious vine, so I don’t think I’ll offend anyone by teaching you how to kill it. To do so, take a gallon of soapy water and add three pounds of salt to it and you’ll have a mixture that lasts you all summer long. Apply it to the stem and leaves of the poison ivy and it should kill it.    

11. Reduces Puffy Eyes 

When you are trying to hide your swollen or puffy eyes because you were recently crying, or didn’t get enough sleep the night before, salt can be of some assistance. Take a little bit of hot water that has a pinch of salt added to it and apply it beneath your eyes using a cotton swab. This will help bring out the moisture and tighten the skin around your eyes. 

12. Provides a Glow to Your Skin 

Instead of having to keep buying skin cream every now and then, why not use ingredients that you already have tucked away in your kitchen pantry? By taking a mixture of salt and olive oil and then massaging it into your skin by using circular motions, you’ll be rewarded with fresher and younger-looking skin. The salt helps to remove the dead skin cells while the olive oil works as a moisturizer. Now, this is one of those unusual uses for salt you wouldn’t have thought about before.

Final Word

As it turns out, life would be pretty bland without salt in our lives. The mineral has many unusual (and fantastic) uses that can benefit you personally, and other areas around your home. What are some unusual uses for salt that you’d add to this list? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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  1. If you drop an egg in plain water, a very fresh egg will sink. A not so fresh egg will not sink completely to the bottom and a bad egg will float. I have chickens and use this method often to check eggs left on the counter

    1. HI April, thank you for your comment, I just fixed my paragraph. I do not have fresh eggs, I love hearing the correct way to test eggs. Thank you so much, Linda

  2. If you have old or flat beer, adding a pinch of salt will bring the bubbly back and add a little flavor to it!
    Please don’t ask me how I know that. (HA HA) Thanks for the good info.
    God Bless and stay safe…

    1. I know this to be true even tho I don’t drink because my father always did it. He grew up in the deep South on a plantation during the Depression. This idea must have been around for a long time!

  3. All the info I’ve seen says that (in plain water) if it sinks it is good. But if it floats do NOT eat it! It is bad! Is there some difference that salt makes to switch this around? I don’t normally comment on things, but this seems like a serious difference. Thanks so much!

  4. #1, #6, #8, #9 – who knew!? Certainly not me. Just goes to prove how invaluable your posts are and how much we can learn from them. Great post, Linda!

    1. Hi Robbie, oh you are always so nice, thank you! I didn’t know about #9 until I wrote this! We may all be hanging clothes outside sooner than later. Thank goodness for a clothesline, a clothes rack, and good clothespins! Linda

  5. When I get leg cramps, I pour a little salt in the palm of my hand and take a couple of licks and the spasms go away. Walking also helps.

  6. You can scrub pots, pans and your sink with a bit of salt and half a lemon to remove stains. I had scorched a pot and after using a cup of vinegar and a cup of water, boiled in the pot for about 10 minutes I used a half of lemon and salt(or baking soda) to scrub the stains left. Worked like a charm for me.

        1. Hi Jean, I would visit your local garden nursery and see if there is a product that will kill it. I had to buy something to kill a tree that would not die. It was lifting my block wall fence. I bought something from our local nursery to eradicate it. Linda

          1. Linda,
            Thank you. I was trying to avoid doing that. It seems like I will have to be aggressive with it.

    1. You would probably have to feed it a really heavy dose of Epsom salt. I think that regular table salt would be worse for the plant. Personally, I dissolve a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salt in warm water – about a gallon and feed that to my houseplants monthly. They grow some of the largest leaves!!

  7. My daughter in law gave me a recipe for homemade dishwasher powder. Equal parts salt & baking soda. Fill the dispenser receptacles in the dishwasher with that mixture & add 1-2 drops of regular dish soap like Dawn or Palmolive. Then run the dishwasher.

    I’ve been using this on some pretty greasy pots & all my gas stove top grates & pans….. got everything sparkling clean! As an added bonus it also cleaned any gunk out of the bottom of the dishwasher grates. (Florida’s constant high humidity grows all sorts of gunk !)

  8. Linda, I should have said to add the –2 drops of dish soap to each of the dishwasher receptacles.

    We also use pool salt to control all sorts of invasive vines & weeds that are harmful to livestock. Florida grows Blister vine, several types of poison ivy & all sorts of vines that strangles trees & causes major skin & respiratory issues in humans.

    For the last 2 years I’ve also been fighting a nasty weed called Carolina Horse Nettle in 2 of our pastures. It looks like a watermelon vine, even grows a small melon. Has nasty tlhorns on the leaves & belongs to the nightshade family. It’s toxic to livestock. I pour boiling water on each plant & then cover each plant with pool salt. Those & frequent weed whacking are my most potent weapons.

    1. Hi BDN, thanks for the update on the dish soap! Wow, I can’t imagine having to fight all those crazy weeds. Plus, if they are toxic to your livestock, wow, what a job that must be to try and get rid of it. Plus, Carolina Horse Nettle grows a melon, yikes! People may mistake it for something okay to eat. Linda

  9. Linda,

    Something it’s important for people to remember is when it comes to using salt to season your food it’s a good idea to use iodized salt, at least once in awhile. It prevents goiters, among other things. I speak as one who has used Real Salt for more than a decade but still uses Iodized salt at least once a week.

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