How to Clean with Salt Around the House
There are many household items that can be used for more than one purpose. Salt is a great example with its numerous applications around the house. However, today we will focus on its cleaning characteristics. It is a great odour-absorbing cleaning agent and there is no surprise it is included in many homemade recipes. Find out more about the ways you can incorporate salt in your domestic cleaning regime below:
- You can enjoy shiny brass and copper surfaces by making a paste out of white vinegar, flour and salt. Mix equal parts of the ingredients and apply on the desired areas. Scrub gently and rinse generously afterwards. Another option is to slice a lemon in half and dip it in salt – scrub slightly on the tarnished copper or brass and rinse when you notice visible results.
- How to revive your rusty cast iron skillet? Salt is the answer! This otherwise hard house cleaning chore becomes a piece of cake provided that you use some coarse salt and slightly damp microfibre cloth. If you think that this can damage the surface, you can sprinkle some salt and lightly dampen it with some water. Let it sit for about 15 minute and clean as usual.
- With the incredible variety of spring and summer flowers, it is a shame not to keep a bunch in a vase in your living room. However, if you happen to forget about them for some time, there might be a layer of scum on the vase. Empty it and fill up with lukewarm water and 3 tablespoons of salt. Stir and leave the mixture to work for about 10 minutes. Rinse and wash with mild soap and lukewarm water.
- All too often coffee-lovers, being short on time, leave their cup of morning joy unfinished and inevitably their favourite mugs become stained. You can remove these coffee leftover spots by making a paste of water, salt and a squeeze of dishwashing liquid. Apply on the stain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Scrub with an appropriate microfibre cloth and rinse.
- Did you know that salt can help you when you have to perform your carpet cleaning duties? You can efficiently incorporate salt in these tasks provided with the following proven techniques. When you are dealing with a greasy stain, mix 4 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part salt – rub gently and try not to spread it further, work on the stain from outer line to the centre.
- If you have spilled red wine, don`t panic but blot up the excess and sprinkle generously the area with some salt. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes and vacuum it. As the salt would have absorbed the wine, the carpet will look much better – to finish the carpet cleaning procedure, mix 2/3 cup lukewarm water and 1/3 cup white vinegar and blot the spot until there is no trace of the wine accident.
- If you have old wooden cutting boards, don`t rush to throw them away. You can revive them using salt and half a lemon. Dip the wedge in some salt and scrub the board with it. Leave for a couple of minutes and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with a paper towel. This will not only make your cutting board look better but it will remove any lingering strong odours!