Using Salt in Your Laundry

Using Salt in Your Laundry

Control suds in your washer

We shouldn’t use too much detergent in our washing so we don’t have too many suds. But just in case you accidentally over do it, eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

Drying clothes in the winter

If you use an outdoor clothes line in the winter, use salt in the final laundry rinse to prevent clothes from freezing.

How to brighten clothing colors

Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution.

Removing perspiration stains

Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.

Removing blood stains

Soak the stained clothes in cold salty water, then laundry in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. Use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.

Tackle mildew or rust stains

Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching. Rinse and dry.

Clean a dirty iron bottom

Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.

Tackle wine spills

If you spill wine on a cotton or linen tablecloth, dry up as much as possible with paper towels or a rag and immediately cover the wine with salt. This will help remove the remaining wine from the fabric. After that, soak the tablecloth in cold water for twenty minutes before laundering.

Setting color

Salt is commonly used in the textile industry for setting colors. It can do the same for you at home. If a pigment isn’t colorfast, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you’ve added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt, then rinse. If rinse water has any color in it, repeat the process. Do not attempt this on printed fabrics. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it to avoid ruining it.
A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking when you iron your clothes and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish.
Information obtained from the Salt Institute and Refisal

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