Salt is an excellent cleaning agent
Salt is an effective, yet gentle scouring agent. Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as vinegar, to boost cleaning and deodorizing action.
For a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.
Clean greasy pans
Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.
Clean stained cups.
Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.
A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator, a nice way to keep chemical cleaners away from your food.
Clean brass or copper
Mix equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste, and rub the paste on the metal. After letting it sit for an hour, clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.
Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use the same method with a mix of salt and lemon.
Clean a coffee pot
Add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously, and rinse. The salt scours the bottom, and the ice helps agitate it for a better scrub.
Salt is an excellent cleaning agent, by itself or in combination with other substances.
No Drip candles
If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well, they will not drip as much when you burn them.
To fill nail holes fix chips or other small dings in white sheetrock or plaster walls, mix 2 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and then add 5 teaspoons of water to make a thick paste. Use the paste to fill the holes.
On sidewalks and driveways
This is one of the oldest uses of salt. Lightly sprinkle rock salt on walks and driveways to keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easier shoveling and scraping. But don’t overdo it; use the salt sensibly to avoid damage to plants and paws.
Control a barbeque
Sprinkle a little bit of salt on flames from food dripping in barbecue grills to reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals as water does.
A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness of enameled bathtubs and lavatories.
Pour strong brine down the kitchen sink to prevent grease from collecting and causing bad odors.
Remove white marks
A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.
Make play dough
Use 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, salt and oil, and slowly add water. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until dough becomes stiff. Spread onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until it reaches a good play dough consistency.
Extinguish grease fires
Keep a box of salt near your stove and oven, and if a grease fire flares up, throw salt on the flames. When salt is applied to fire, salt absorbs the grease and cuts off the oxygen supply. Caution: A grease fire is very different from a regular fire. Never use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease.
What you can do with Alka-Seltzer
Clean a toilet:
Drop 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets into the toilet, wait twenty minutes brush, and flush. The citric acid and the effervescent action cleans vitreous china.
Clean a vase:
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill it with water and drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets.
Drop 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle:
Fill the bottle with water, drop in 4 Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let it soak for an hour (or longer if necessary)
Unclog a drain:
Clear the sink drain by dropping 3 Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of White vinegar. Wait a few minutes. Then run the hot water.
Use baking soda throughout the house.