It is one of the elements that are never missing in the kitchen since ancient times. Although centuries ago it was considered a good and a fortune, nowadays you can get salt at very affordable prices …
There are many counter indications of the indiscriminate use of sodium chloride for food, as it results in hypertension, kidney problems and fluid retention. However, it can be a great ally in cleaning the home, so if the doctor forbade you to consume salt, take the opportunity to use it to clean.
Uses of salt in the home
- Keep the flowers fresh longer, adding a pinch to the water in the vase.
- It controls the weeds of the garden, when spreading in the cracks of the tiles or edges where they usually grow.
- Turn off the fires with oil , throwing it over the flames.
- Remove ice from the road and sidewalk, sprinkling over snow or frost, preventing the ice from sticking to the floor.
- Repels ants, if sprinkled at the entrance of the house, around the windows and under the doors.
- Dry the clothes in winter, throw a handful of salt in the water in the last rinse, to prevent clothes from freezing in the rope outdoors.
- Protect the wicker furniture, preventing them from turning yellow, apply with a damp brush and let it dry in the sun.
- Extends the shelf life of bathroom or kitchen sponges. After you use them, soak them in salted water.
- Avoid the appearance of frost on the windows of the house and the car, when rubbing a sponge with water and salt.
- Deodorizes footwear, spraying a little inside, removes moisture and odor.
Uses of salt in cleaning the house
- Eliminates all dirt that is produced by burns or spills from pans, frying pans, pots, ovens and burners. Apply plenty of salt and remove with paper towels.
- Remove the wine stains from the fabrics, you should dry them with upward movements, applying a generous amount to the affected area. Leave a few minutes and then rinse the garment, if it is clothing. If it is a carpet, scrape the room and pass over the vacuum cleaner.
- Deodorizes and cleans the refrigerator. Apply salt and soda water to the door and inside a few minutes before defrosting or cleaning.
- Eliminates rust stains on the fabrics, mixing a little salt with the juice of a lemon, moistening well and then drying in the sun. Wash after as usual.
- Erase the white circles on the wooden furniture, after supporting a glass or something wet. Apply a layer of oil and salt on the stain, massage, let stand one hour and remove.
- Take the fat out of the iron utensils in the kitchen. Sprinkle a little salt on them and let them rest. Remove the excess and wash as usual. The same technique can be used to remove dark spots of coffee and tea in cups.
- Reduces odor in bottles and bottles, both glass and plastic (but more in the latter, where it is easier to concentrate odors). Add a tablespoon of salt inside the container and leave a few minutes. Rinse normally with detergent or cleaning product.
- Remove stains from the bathtub, sink or sink, make a mixture of turpentine and salt. Apply on surfaces and let stand 15 minutes, so that unsightly yellow color will come out. Then, pass a wet sponge to remove the excesses and make it perfect.
- Clean the floors of the entire house. Add a half cup of salt in a bucket of warm water. Trample as usual. If it is made of wood, it will have more shine and if it is made of ceramic, you will prevent it from getting dirty right away.
- Brings brilliance from the pieces of bronze, tin, silver and copper. Make an equal mixture of vinegar , flour and salt. Apply on the objects and let stand fifteen minutes. Remove with a brush gently and dry with a dry cloth. Then polish.
- Prevents grease and bad smell from collecting in the sink. Prepare a paste with vinegar and salt and drain through the drain.
- It avoids that the iron sticks to the clothes, applying a little salt in the starch, in addition this makes the sheets and cotton garments look like new.
- Clean the yellow keys of the pianos. Place salt and lemon juice in a soft cloth and with it rub the keys to remove the stains due to humidity, the passage of time or use. The same treatment can be used for marble or ivory pieces.
- Increase the life of the brooms, before using them the first time, immerse them in hot water with salt.
- It brightens the colors of garments when washed, such as curtains or natural fiber mats.
- Removes sweat stains on clothing. Place four tablespoons of salt in a liter of hot water. Rub with a sponge on the garment until the halo disappears.
- Remove the blood stains . Soak the garment in cold water with salt, wash in soapy water and boil. Only for garments made of cotton, linen and natural fibers.
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