Salt is such a universal ingredient in the kitchen. No food is complete without a dash of salt. But do you use salt only for food? Did you know you could use salt in thousands of way?. Remember how your grandma used salt in preserving food, or in pickles? This non-metallic mineral is not just a magic ingredient for food but can be used as a key ingredient for several things in daily life. Today I am sharing 15 such smart uses of salt that can do wonders in your daily life. Read on for the #SaltHacks.

15 Smart Uses of Salt – #SaltHacks

smart uses of salt you never thought of

Prevent Fruits from browning

Apples, pears are notorious for oxidizing when they are cut. I always suggest in my food posts that you use a teaspoon of lemon or vinegar on chopped fruits to prevent the browning. But if you have run out of a lemon or don’t have vinegar in your kitchen. Drop the sliced fruits in lightly salted water and voila, your word is done. The fruits won’t brown up.

Stiff Peaks while Whipping

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Getting stiff peaks while whipping cream for a whipped cream cupcake frosting or egg whites for a meringue is a goal for every chef. Add a pinch of salt while beatings egg whites or whipping cream to get quicker and higher peaks easily.

Remove water Rings from wooden Surface

Had guests at home who didn’t use the coasters? Result = ugly water ring marks on your wooden center table! Worry not, why else do you have the smart uses of salt? Rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the marks and your problem is solved.

Remove Wine Stain

Did you get tipsy and spill red wine on your expensive top? Blot up the wine first with paper towels. Then pour salt over the stain. The salt will drain out the wine from the fabric. Soak the top in cold water for half an hour and wash normally.

Remove Sweat Stains

Sweating too much in the summer? All your favorite clothes now have sweat stains? Add 4 tablespoons of salt in a liter of water and dab the clothes with this solute till the stains fade.

Set Fabric Color

Got a new garment that isn’t colorfast? Use salt to fix it. Salt is used in the textile industry for years to set color.  Fill up 4 liters of water in a bucket, add ½ a cup of salt and ½ a cup of vinegar in it. Soak the garment in it for at least an hour. Then rinse. If the rinse water has color in it, repeat the step. Use only on single-colored fabric.

Keep Flowers Fresh in Vase

smart uses of salt keep flowers fresh in vase with salt

Got favorite flowers for the vase? Keep the fresh till the guests arrive. Add a dash of salt in the water in the vase and keep cut flowers fresh for longer.

Tame Barbeque Flames

Does your barbeque flame turn wild and you have to splash water to calm it down? Sprinkle some salt on the flames in your barbeque grill to calm down the smoke. The salt won’t cool down the coal like water.

Clean Teeth and deodorize Mouth

Mix one part fine table salt to two parts baking soda. Dip your toothbrush in this mix and brush as usual for whiter teeth. Similarly, mix equal parts salt and baking soda in water, use this as a mouth rinse for a fresh deodorized mouth.

Treat Bee Sting

Ouch? Bee stings are terrible, I have faced it and I know it. Dampen the sting area and press some salt to reduce pain and swelling. You can also use plain vinegar to treat the swelling.

Have a Throat Pain?

A good gargle with salt and warm water helps to relieve a sore throat.

Exfoliating Salt Scrub

Use a teaspoon of sea salt with a few drops of coconut oil as an exfoliating scrub for body, feet, and face.

Keep Cheese Fresh

Noticed how molds grow on cheese if you have stored it for long. Yes, it grows in the refrigerator too. Prevent these molds on cheese with salt. Dip a muslin cloth in saltwater and wrap it around cheese and refrigerate.

Clean Toothbrush

Dip your toothbrush in salt water and clean it. This will remove any residue and your toothbrush will last longer.

Drain Cleaner

The kitchen sink drain is clogging up? Pour a handful of salt down the drain followed by hot water. It reduces grease build up and deodorizes the pipes.

There you go, you have #Salthacks for your home and kitchen using the most humble ingredient in your kitchen. I personally use salt for many things in daily life – it’s seriously a good scrub. Do give these a try and let me know if you liked these smart uses of salt.

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44 Comments on 15 Smart Uses of Salt You Never Thought of #SaltHacks

    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Deepa, Salt is such a universal thing.

      Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Hiral

      Reply
  1. Mayuri Nidigallu
    August 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm (4 months ago)

    This is so helpful , Tina! I am going to use your tip to clean my toothbrush. Super post!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you M. Glad you liked it. Try the body scrub too.

      Reply
  2. Kala Ravi
    August 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow! Saving this post! Never knew there were so many smart uses to the Common salt!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Kala. Yeah it’s so versatile. Thanks for dropping by

      Reply
  3. Kacey
    August 9, 2017 at 10:49 pm (4 months ago)

    There is nothing better than a good salt scrub for your feet! I totally needed an idea for a drain clearer so thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 10:51 pm (4 months ago)

      Yeah the salt scrub for the feet is very relaxing after a tiring day. Thanks for dropping by

      Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm (4 months ago)

      Hey thank you so much Bao

      Reply
  4. Xavier Young
    August 10, 2017 at 1:13 am (4 months ago)

    I knew of a few of things but I didn’t salt could be so helpful besides you know flavoring my food…

    Reply
  5. jackie
    August 10, 2017 at 2:59 am (4 months ago)

    i didnt know salt had so many uses. haha, i thought it was just there to make the food taste better! now i know how to use salt effectively. tHANKS For that!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 10, 2017 at 9:58 am (4 months ago)

      Glad you liked it Jackie. Hope it helps you

      Reply
  6. Shannon
    August 10, 2017 at 4:36 am (4 months ago)

    I didn’t know half of these! I just thought salt made food taste good:-)

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 10, 2017 at 9:57 am (4 months ago)

      Hehe salt is so versatile, it can heat up water faster too

      Reply
  7. Wyne Katherine
    August 10, 2017 at 6:55 am (4 months ago)

    Wow. I would have never known that you can use salt in so many ways. It was also written in a very detailed and interested way too! I love your blog!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 10, 2017 at 9:57 am (4 months ago)

      Thank you Wyne for loving the blog. Glad you liked it

      Reply
  8. Ashley
    August 10, 2017 at 7:14 am (4 months ago)

    Ok these are some amazing tips. Some I had heard of but others, never. I will look into cleaning the drain and adding it to flowers in a vase! That could be a huge help!

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 10, 2017 at 9:56 am (4 months ago)

      Glad you liked it Ashley, salt is so versatile

      Reply
  9. Sian
    August 10, 2017 at 9:12 am (4 months ago)

    I knew about the gargling for a sore throat but that’s it!! What fantastic tips!! Thank you for sharing

    Reply
    • tinabasu
      August 10, 2017 at 9:55 am (4 months ago)

      Thank you Sian, hope these will help you

      Reply
  10. AllMyDeals
    August 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm (4 months ago)

    Seriously Is all this possible. Will takes out for test drive

    Reply
  11. Margarette Puno
    August 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow. This post is really helpful. I may say, sore throat loves me and my siblings. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  12. Aine
    August 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm (4 months ago)

    So nifty, hadn’t heard of lots of these before will definitely try it for flowers

    Reply
  13. Shell
    August 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm (4 months ago)

    Interesting! I never thought to comment so salt for cleaning my toothbrush…

    Reply
  14. D
    August 11, 2017 at 7:31 am (4 months ago)

    Love, Love, Love sea salt. So many more uses than I even knew about

    Reply
  15. moumita sen
    August 13, 2017 at 1:36 am (4 months ago)

    Very informative post. While some of them I knew, some came as useful pieces of info for me.

    Reply
  16. Preeti Chauhan
    August 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm (4 months ago)

    God ! Never Knew common salt could be such a saviour .Thanks

    Reply
  17. Besties Notepad
    August 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow! Those are some great uses of salt mentioned..removing ring marks from wood will surely come handy!

    Reply
  18. jhilmil
    August 14, 2017 at 5:56 am (4 months ago)

    Interesting post to know of salt, had no idea of salt’s role in Barbeque flames, fresh flowers in vase.

    Reply
  19. Judy
    August 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm (4 months ago)

    THis article is so good. Bookmarked it, I guess I have to refer it now and then.

    Reply
  20. Ursula
    August 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow! I didn’t know many of the hacks but they are so cool! I love exfoliating with sea salt!

    Reply
  21. Anisa
    August 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm (4 months ago)

    Great post! A lot of these tricks I didn’t know

    Reply
  22. Needa
    August 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm (4 months ago)

    Very helpfull and easy todo task !! I think i will be using some of them for myself

    Reply
  23. Tara
    August 15, 2017 at 12:17 am (4 months ago)

    some of these i knew, but many i didn’t. thanks!

    Reply
  24. Gabriela@IamFoodieTraveler
    August 15, 2017 at 2:23 am (4 months ago)

    This one I knew “Clean Teeth and deodorize Mouth” but the rest, no idea. Thanks for sharing, this is very helpful

    Reply
  25. Becca
    August 15, 2017 at 4:17 am (4 months ago)

    Wow! I never knew it had that many uses!

    Reply
  26. Ashish
    August 15, 2017 at 8:24 am (4 months ago)

    I had no idea that you could use salt to clean drains. Actually who am I kidding? I had no idea you could use salt for most of these things! This is an awesome list.

    Reply

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