The wonders of salt

2016-08-31 06:00
 Salt has a lot of incredible uses that most people don’t even know about.

Salt has a lot of incredible uses that most people don’t even know about.

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SALT is an amazing invention. In the past, before we had freezers and other conservatives, salt was used to preserve meat for long periods of time. Salt has helped human civilisations to grow and thrive. Salt was so important that some civilisations even used it as a form of currency. People would travel thousands of kilometres to get salt and bring it back home.

Luckily, today salt is readily available and everyone can use it. We mostly use it now to flavour our food.

However, salt has a lot of incredible uses that most people don’t even know about. We can use salt everyday around the house for many things.

Here are just some of the ways:

• Remove grease and stains from a pan.

• Clean your bath.

• Remove sticky residue from under your iron.

• Easily clean up a wet egg from the floor.

• Quickly put out a oil fire in the kitchen.

• Give brooms a long life. A new straw broom will last longer if you soak its bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water. After about 20 minutes, remove the broom and let it dry.

• Remove wine from carpet. While the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the colour. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes. Now vacuum.

• Remove watermarks from wood. Mix 1 teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.

• Restore a sponge. To restore sponges to a pristine state, soak them overnight in a solution of about 1/4 cup salt per 1 litre of water.

• Relieve stings, bites. Stung by a bee? Immediately wet the sting and cover with salt. It will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling.

• For relief from the itching of mosquito bites, soak the area in salt water, then apply vegetable oil.

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