When it comes to staple ingredients, salt tops the list. I have never been to a house that does not have salt in its cabinet. And many homes have more than one type of salt. You’ll find table salt in the shaker for seasons your dinner plate in most homes, but more and more people are upgrading to sea salt and even black salt and Himalayan salt, as these supposedly offer some health benefits.
But while we all know that salt is essential in food and for preserving items, you might not have thought to use it for these strange tasks. But when you start, you’ll see that they save you a lot of money and time.
After reading this list, you’ll want to buy your salt in bulk. It’s cheaper, and you’re going to have so many more things to use it for than just seasoning your food.
Cure stinky shoes.
Even if you keep your feet super clean, your shoes still might smell. But if you sprinkle salt into your shoes and let it rest overnight, you’ll be shocked in the morning. You can also add some baking soda to boost this anti-odor mixture. But the salt does the job. It absorbs the stink – and even deters bugs from setting up nests in your shoes.
Unclog your drain with salt.
Instead of buying expensive drain cleaner, you can use salt and save a fortune. First clean the drain as much as possible, then pour ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of table salt in a bowl and mix. Then dump it down the drain. Next, pour ½ cup of vinegar down the sink. It’ll bubble, and that means it is working. Let it do its thing for thirty minutes then rinse with hot water.
Soap bubbles begone!
If you’re tired of bubbles while you do the dishes, salt is your secret. Sprinkle salt, and you’ll be able to see clear through to the bottom of your sink.
Rid your home of ants.
No one wants an ant infestation. And salt can help you stop them from taking over. Sprinkle salt onto ants’ favorite hangouts. It will keep them away. You can also make a one part salt, three parts water solution to spray, which will also fend ants off.
Stop a fire!
If a fire erupts in your kitchen, salt can help. While you should always go for the fire extinguisher if it is a big fire, salt can smother it if it is not that threatening. Pour generous amounts of salt over the flames and watch it shut down the flames.
Cut through pan grease.
Baked-on grease is a killer. But layer it with salt and watch it absorb some of the residue. Then use a dry sponge to rub the salt around and remove the stain.
Clean your bathtub.
If your bathtub needs a miracle, salt is your answer. Combine salt with vinegar, grapefruit, turpentine, or lemon. Then spray down your tub and scrub.
Which salt life hack does the trick for you?