Salt jar lying and salt scattered on table

11 Utterly Surprising Ways to Use Table Salt

June 28th, 2017
Salt is one of the most widely used and oldest forms of food seasoning. It’s not very expensive, and it has many great benefits you probably didn’t know about. Take a look at some surprising ways you can use this kitchen essential.

1. Prevent Mold on Shower Curtains

Wash your shower curtain with saltwater when you first buy it, and it will never grow mold.
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2. Relieve Mosquito Bites

To relieve the itching caused by mosquito bites, simply moisten the tip of your finger with water, dip it into salt, and then rub the mixture over the affected area. Mosquito biting a person

3. Make Copper Items Shine Again

Cleaning copper with salt works wonders. Just mix this seasoning with vinegar and flour, or add some lemon juice to it and rub the tarnished surface. Cooking pans stacked together

4. Prevent Oil from Splattering

Sprinkle a little salt in the frying pan before adding meat or fish to fry. This will keep hot oil from splattering.

Person sprinkling salt on a frying pan

5. Make Your Candles Drip Free

One way to make any molded candle drip free is to soak it in a concentrated salt solution for several hours. Let the candle dry before lighting it. Beautiful candles burning

6. Get Rid of Shoe Odor

Eliminate bad odors from smelly shoes by putting cloth bags full of salt into them. Let these bags do their work; and your shoes will smell better in a couple of hours. You can also just sprinkle some salt inside your shoes, shake them, and vacuum up the salt.

Shoes giving off a bad odour

7. Get Rid of Ants

To get rid of ants, combine salt and water in a 1:4 ratio in a bottle. Spray this solution where you see ants congregating, or just sprinkle some salt over those areas. Red ants on a wooden slab

8. Prepare Safe and Cheap Homemade Paint for Kids

Using simple ingredients, you can make your own homemade paint for your kids. In a bowl, blend 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of salt. Then add 1 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring. A kid painting food with food paint

9. Make your Own All-Natural Air Freshener

To make this you will need 1/2-1 cup of salt and 20-30 drops of any essential oil or rose petals. Simply arrange all of your ingredients in a bowl or jar, and get ready to enjoy your fresh-smelling home. You can also use the peel of half an orange as a natural bowl.

Salt cellars decorated with jute cloth and colourful ribbons

10. Clean the Iron

To remove gunk spots, turn the iron to the highest temperature setting; sprinkle a little salt on a piece of brown paper, and run the hot iron over it. Person cleaning pan with salt and cloth

11. Clean the Sink

A paste made of lemon juice and salt can be used to clean stainless steel sinks and fixtures. In fact, it works even better than popular chemical cleaners. Basin being washed with salt water