Remove wine from the carpet
Could there be anything worse than spilling red wine on your brand new Persian rug? Not much. While there are those who might tell you to pour white wine over it, but that’s actually not the best idea as it will only dilute the color. Plus, your house will smell like a vineyard!
You should instead use the white wine trick, combined with salt. First, pour over the white wine and then wipe down the area with a damp sponge and cold water, generously sprinkle salt and wait around 15 minutes. Finally, vacuum up the area, and the stain should disappear.
Relieve the pain of stings and bites
Ouch! You've been stung, and whether it's a bee or insect or even poison ivy it will hurt. Salt can help simply cover the area should be enough to reduce the swelling and ease some of the pain. The reason it's helpful is that salt antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
The same goes for poison ivy, but instead of using dry salt, soak the area in hot saltwater. These salty methods will help reduce any pain and inflammation. But obviously, if you're allergic, then you should seek proper medical assistance.
Keep your windows frost-free
Some people may already know that the greatest enemy of ice is salt - this is why roads get salted whenever it gets too cold and icy. But you can also use salt as a preventative measure before everything gets frozen over.
When temperatures start to drop below zero, wash your windows with a sponge that has been soaked in saltwater. Alternatively, fill a small bag made of soft fabric full of salt and wipe over your windows and windshield when they're still wet. This will help prevent them from freezing over when it gets too cold.
Create an ant barrier
Salt is like kryptonite for ants and they'll avoid it like the plague! So if you find an ant path inside your kitchen then all you have to do is sprinkle salt directly on their path and this will create a barrier that diverts their plans.
As an added measure you can also sprinkle salt along skirting boards and door frames if you find they're getting in your home. One look at the salt and they will immediately change their course, this means you won't have to spend your whole summer dealing with them and keeping them away.
Remove those tough lipstick stains
Ever look at your glass and notice a lipstick stain? If the answer is yes, then you know what a mess it to clean it off, they just won't budge! To help with this then we have an easy trick for you, salt!
Lipstick has been designed to linger on your lips with a special blend of emollients, but they will struggle when salt is involved. So, rub the edges of your glass with salt before you wash them and the stains will come off easily and without any fuss!
Save your bitter coffee
This one is for the coffee drinkers out there. When you need your morning cup to wake up, there's nothing worse than forgetting your pot for too long, which means that it's overcooked and will taste bitter. Ugh, now the entire pot has to be thrown out.
To fix this, simply add a bit of salt to your cup of Joe and marvel and how it's much less bitter! Also if your percolator is making your coffee bitter, then just clean it with salt water. Take four tablespoons of salt to fill it with water and then percolate as usual, then rinse it and now it will be ready again.
Speed up your cooking
A pot that's being watched takes forever to start boiling, so if you find you're waiting too long then you're not alone. If you want to hurry your cooking time and boil your water faster, then simply add a pinch of salt.
Adding that little bit of salt raises the temperature, meaning your food will be ready quicker. The science behind this involves specific heat capacities, as salt ions dissolved in water bind to water molecules, holding them stable and making it harder for them to move around.
Chill your drinks
If you've just bought some drinks from the store, only to find they're room temperature by the time you drink it then you'll obviously be disappointed. What is there to do when you want ice-cold drinks? This salty hack will have your drinks cold in no time.
What you need to do is fill a large bucket with water and some ice, yes this will chill them but it won't be fast enough, so this is where salt comes in. Pour some salt inside your bucket, and watch as your drinks turn icy in less than a minute!
Dishwasher tablets are quite pricey, so if you'd like to save some money we've got your covered! All you need is three ingredients that should already be in your kitchen! First, you need regular dishwashing soap.
The next is baking soda and salt, of course. Take three or four drops of dish soap, with a large spoonful of baking soda, and a sprinkling of salt. Mix your ingredients together and simply pour in your dishwasher. This will ensure your plates are sparkling while saving you money in the process.
Say goodbye to grease
The reason grease is so difficult to get rid of is because it isn't water-soluble. But luckily, salt easily soaks up grease! When your next pot or pan is greasy, you can easily clean it up with the right amount of salt. Sprinkle some salt over till it's all soaked up.
After it's absorbed the grease you simply wash as usual. Also, you can sprinkle salt onto your pan before your next fry-up. This will prevent grease from splattering all over the kitchen.
No More Dirty Sponges
We all go through so many sponges, as they get so dirty and worn that we have to dump them in the trash. Alas, there is a way we can preserve them so they last a little longer.
As soon as your sponge starts looking a little grubby, try soaking it overnight in salt water. Add a 1/4 cup of salt per liter of water and when you drain it in the morning you will see the sponge puff up and look as good as new!
Clear Out the Drain
Drains are often the dirtiest parts of your home, probably because they are the hardest to clean. Whether your shower drain is clogged with hair or your kitchen sink is struggling to drain, there is a solution! All you need is a splash of white vinegar, baking soda, and salt.
Tip down a cup of the dry ingredients as well as half a cup of the vinegar and you should hear some fizzing. This means it's working and cleaning away all the dirt down where you can't reach. Wait for 10 minutes before pouring boiling hot water down, flushing it all down.
Keep Salad Crisp
If you're preparing a salad in advance and find your salad leaves wilting before you get to eat it, you may be rethinking those leafy greens. But there is good news, you don't need to worry because we have a valuable tip for you.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt over your salad once it's prepared, salt has been used for centuries to preserve food. This will help your salad last a few more hours which should be more than you need. Don't overdo it though, you don't want to overpower the salad!
Test How Fresh An Egg Is…
Would you like to know how fresh your eggs are before you crack them open? As it turns out, there is an easy way to test the freshness of your eggs just with some salt and water. Add two tablespoons of salt to a glass bowl with a cup of water and plop your eggs in, the fresher the egg the lower it will sink.
So with that logic, an egg that's less fresh will float to the top. The float test works as the egg ages, the air pocket inside grows and this increases its floatability. This is a smart way to check whether your carton of eggs is still good enough to enjoy.
…And Make the Perfect Poached Eggs
We have another handy trick up our sleeves when it comes to eggs. Most people will find making poached eggs a difficult enough task, as the egg whites seem to come away whenever they get in the water. So how do restaurants make them look so good?
To get this right, sprinkle about half a teaspoon of salt into the water along with a splash of vinegar just before you drop the eggs in, this will help keep the whites together and looking neat.
Stop Fruit From Going Brown
Apples and pears go brown quite quickly once they've been cut open, so if you want them to look fresher for longer then all you need to do is - yes, you guessed it, just add some salt!
Soaking your cut fruit in a bowl of saltwater for a short period of time will help them retain their color, but don't leave them in for too long as you wouldn't want a salty apple. This hack will come in handy if you are preparing a fruit salad or platter and want it to look fresh.
Cleaning The Iron
Irons can be tricky, sometimes we burn our clothes, other times, a piece of plastic may melt onto the metal plate which can be tough to remove. But salt is quite durable and can clean those pesky messes your iron may make.
So what you must to do is sprinkle some salt over a newspaper over your ironing board. Now, turn your iron on high and run it over the salt on the newspaper. This helps remove anything that's on the iron - including any sticky bumps that make it impossible to iron.
Make Your Towels Brighter
Once you've invested in new beautiful towels, you may soon become disappointed at how they start losing their color after a few washes. This happens, unfortunately, and you end up with faded, dull-colored towels that have lost their luster.
Fortunately, there is a solution. The first few times you wash your towels, be sure to add a cup of salt to the wash load. This should assist in setting the colors in your towels, which will help them retain their brightness for much longer.
Get Rid of Slugs and Snails
Slugs and snails in your garden can be a real pest, they ruin your plants and are difficult to get rid of. Chemicals may seem like the best answer but before that, you may want to try some salt.
Snails and slugs absolutely hate salt and don't react well to it, so spray some salt around our plants, which will stop the pests from getting in.
Salt Out Any Weeds
Will you're outside in your garden, you may have noticed some weeds cropping up through your paving. They can be really tough to get out using only your bare hands. Some people may defer to weed killers but these chemicals are often toxic and not good for the wildlife around.
If you want to avoid chemicals, try using salt instead. Simply cover the weeds in salt and wait for the rain, or make up a mixture of two parts water with one part salt.
Keep Your Sneakers Stink-Free
If you're the type of person wears sneakers a lot, you may want to use this hack to save money on expensive odor eaters and deodorizer that keep your shoes smelling fresh.
A dash of salt inside your shoes before you go to bed should soak up all those nasty odors. They will be fresh again by the time you get up, ready for another day. Feel free to add in a ball of newspaper into each show along with the salt, to help things along.
Keep your Dairy Fresh
Salt can also be used to keep your dairy fresher for longer. Salt is used because most bacteria, fungi, and other pathogenic organisms can't survive in a salty environment, due to the super acidic nature of salt.
Soak a napkin in salty water and wrap it around your block of cheese and return it to your fridge. This means less food waste, so it's a win-win!
Clean Up Egg Spills
Salt is great at soaking up all kinds of sticky messes and spills. One of the most difficult messes to clean up is cracked eggs, all that happens is it messes across the floor in a sticky spread.
Spread coarse or fine salt over the mess and leave it to sop up the liquid, making it hard and easier to clean, without spreading it all over the floor.
Mildew has a habit of growing on bathroom walls and ceilings as the moisture builds up and causes mildew. Sometimes it can appear on your clothes which you can remove by leaving them in a mixture of water, salt, and white vinegar.
Leave it to dry, and a salt crust will appear, that can then be wiped off with a soft brush. Then, wash it in the machine as usual, and all the mildew will be gone! You can also use water, salt and vinegar mixture to scrub any mildew that can be found on walls or in those bathroom tiles.
Keeping Your Flowers Alive
A bouquet of flowers can be a beautiful addition to any room, but it doesn't last long. You can get a bit of plant food from the florist that will help keep your plants alive for longer or you can just make your own.
All it is is a saline solution - just water and salt. So if you want to keep your flowers fresher, then all you need to do is add a little bit of salt into the vase.
Bye Poison Ivy
We know by now that salt can help relieve the symptoms of poison ivy sting, but it can also help prevent them from growing in the first place.
Mix up some water in a spray bottle and generously spray over the poison ivy with the salty solution.
We all love a warm fireplace during those cold wintry nights. But they can be a real pain to extinguish when you need to. To extinguish it quicker, simply douse the flames with a load of salt.
Using salt will also put out your fire faster, but it will also help with the cleanup as there will be less smoke to smolder. The salt will aid in gathering up the ash and residue to sweep it up.
Stop candles dripping
Dripping wax can end up all over your countertops and tables be a real nightmare to clean up, so if you want your candles to stop dripping all over, then you can use some salt water.
All you need to do is stick your candlesticks in some very salty water for a few hours, causing a layer of salt to form once you leave them out to dry.
Before store-bought mouthwash was a common thing, there was an at-home remedy that kept your breath fresh. If you happen to run out of mouthwash or just want to save some money, then you can make your own.
For the recipe you need; one teaspoon of salt and baking powder, mixed in half a cup of water. Gargle the solution as you would a regular mouthwash before spitting it back out. This will help keep your breath fresh as well as preventing any bacteria from building up.
Struggling with dandruff can be challenging at the best of times, not only do you have to deal with a dry scalp but you also have to try out different treatments to see which one actually works. But being a natural abrasive, salt can help remove all of that flaky dandruff before you wash your hair.
Spatter some salt on your head and then give it a good massage through. The salt will help exfoliate your scalp and clean out any flakiness before you get in the shower to shampoo as usual.
Keep Your Vases Clean
Filling your home with fresh flowers would also mean that you have a good number of vases around. But because of mineral deposits, they become a bit opaque and lose their crystal clear appearance.
But cleaning them can be super easy, simply clean them with a wet sponge or old toothbrush and saltwater to wipe the coats away. Salt acts as a natural exfoliate that gets down into the dirt left on the surface.
Refresh Your Wicker Furniture
Wicker furniture may look wonderful inside or outside but the problem is the real problem with it is that wicker gets really grimy. Cleaning wicker may seem like an impossible task as there are so many nooks and crannies but with salt, it needn't be that bad.
Salt can assist in cleaning your wicker furniture, and keep it fresh, clean, and vibrant. Scour the wicker with warm salt water and leave it to dry before wiping it with a cloth. Doing this every 6-12 months will ensure your wicker stays in good condition.
Remove Grass Stains
Kids do love to get dirty when they play outside, but those grass stains! They sure are stubborn and trying to get them out in the wash may prove to be more difficult than we'd care to admit.
Instead of shelling out your cash on expensive cleaning products, you can get rid of the grassy green stains by creating your own solution from lemon and salt. First, bedew the stain with lemon juice and then sprinkle with salt.
If you happen to be spending a lot of money on beauty products and cosmetic solutions, you may soon realize that many of the products out there aren't worth their salt! But the good news is you don't have to rely on these as much as you can make your own natural exfoliator at home.
You can make your own body scrub by mixing salt with natural essential oil and rub this onto your skin before you shower. This will help remove the dead epidermis and leave your skin feeling fresh and soft as well as boosting your circulation.
Keep Your Lips Smooth and Soft
Nobody likes dried and cracked lips, not only do they look neglected but they soon start hurting. Lip blam comes in handy for this but you can also make your own lip exfoliator.
Keeping your lips soft and smooth has never been this easy. All you have to do is pour some salt onto a tooth and gently rub over your lips, removing any dry skin and keeping your lips luscious and soft.
Ease your sore throat
Ever wake up with a sore throat hoping it won't get worse throughout the day? Well, you're not alone, and the best way to fix it is to deal with it right away. Instead of going to the pharmacy you can just use our good old faithful ingredient, salt.
A saltwater solution is so much more than an old wive's tale, as salt can help reduce inflammation and swelling. If that wasn't enough it also washes out unwanted bacteria, making your throat much more comfortable to deal with.
Refresh Your Chopping Board
If you happen to have a wooden chopping board, you know just how bothersome it can be to see it getting duller as time goes by. While this may only be natural, it doesn't mean there is nothing you can do about it.
To refresh your chopping board, all you need is some soap, water, a tea towel salt of course. Wash your chopping board as you would normally and then scrub the wet board with the tea towel that has been dipped into salt. Simply scrub the surface and soon enough it should be good to go!
Remove Stubborn Sweat Stains
Sweating is only human after all, but some people sweat more than others, meaning your clothes will get stained sooner, leaving a yellow or gray color behind.
This does not have to be the case, though. So how can salt help you out? If you dissolve five tablespoons of salt in a liter of boiling water, you should then be able to use a scrub to rub at the spot until it finally lifts and comes out of the item of clothing.
De-shell your nuts
You can spend a huge portion of your life de-shelling nuts, but honestly, who has time for that? If you want to make your life a whole lot easier, then all you need is salt and water.
Place your shelled nuts into a salty bowl of water, and then let them sit for a few hours. Then, leave them to dry, and the shells should come right off. You’ll be able to eat all of your nuts in no time.
Get rid of stubborn odors
There are many people in this world who love to get their hands dirty, whether that be through their gardening exploits, or whether that be through their cooking exploits. Yet, if you have ever handled onions growing in your yard or whipped up a feast with fresh fish, you’ll know that it can make your hands stink.
No matter how much you try and get rid of the smell using soap and water, sometimes the odor just doesn’t go away. One of the best ways to remove these stubborn odors for good is to rub some salt in between your hands. Not only will this exfoliate your hands and leave them feeling incredibly soft, but the odor should also go at the same time.
Extend the Use of Your Toothbrush
Here we have another easy and quick tip that will end up saving you some extra money by extending the life of your toothbrush.
When you buy your next toothbrush, first soak it in salted water before you use it, it helps the bristles last longer.
Clean Your Fridge
It's recommended that you clean out your fridge and freezer every 3-6 months to keep them looking and smelling clean. So how do you clean it, you may wonder how to get rid of the problematic food stains and smells? Of course, the answer is salt.
First, you'll need to remove all the food and debris from your fridge; then, you can begin with the salt. Mix one half a cup of salt with 2 liters of hot water and with a sponge clean all the surfaces.
Get Rid of Watermarks
Those pesky watermarks may be more annoying than you'd care to admit, but luckily there's a way to remove them!
For those water rings on any of your wooden furniture, bedew some table salt right onto it, scrubbing it gently with a damp sponge.
Easily Clean Your Pots and Pans
Annoying stains that won't leave your pots and pans - for a good reason, this may be one of our favorite ways to use salt!
What makes this hack so useful is the saltwater that helps soften and lift off any grease and leftover food. Almost any kind of oil can easily be scrubbed off with a little salt and some elbow grease.
Boil a better potato
Boiled potatoes don't have to be bland!
Give your bland boiled potatoes an extra something by adding texture - when taking them out after boiling, generously sprinkle them with salt, shake the potatoes to help absorb some of the moisture and return them to the pan.
Whip Egg Whites Quicker
Whipping your egg whites may take a lot of energy and time, but guess what? Just a pinch of salt will help them beat faster.
This way, you'll look forward to making pavlova every weekend!
Do you find the water where you live is hard? Hard water happens when there's a high concentration of calcium and magnesium.
Salt can be used to condition the water, which prevents the build-up of limescale on appliances in your home.
If you notice the dye of your clothes may run when washed, you can soak the garment for an hour in a bowl with 1-liter water with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. This method is suitable for single-colored material.
If your fabric happens to be multicolored, it's better to dry-clean it.
Ease An Itchy Mosquito Bite
When you're not home, and mosquitos have bitten you, you can relieve the itchiness by soaking the bite with some saltwater.
After your salt rinse, be sure to apply some moisturizing lotion, and this should be enough to give you some much-needed relief.