29 helpful home uses for salt



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It’s good on fries and great with tequila, but salt shouldn’t be stuck in your kitchen. Salt’s pretty handy around the house, too.

Here are 29 more reasons to buy Morton’s next time you’re at the store:


1. Make your coffee taste better

If a dirty coffee pot is making your morning cup a little bitter, fix the problem with salt. Fill the pot with water as you usually would, and then add four tablespoons of salt. Run the salt water through the coffee pot without adding any grounds, and rinse the pot out. Your next pot should taste much less bitter.


2. Remove soap scum from glass shower doors

Here’s a little math equation we know:

Glass doors + soapy showers = an unattractive layer of film on the glass.

To remove soap scum, mix equal parts baking soda and salt, then add water until it forms a paste. Using a sponge or microfiber cloth, rub the paste into the door and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse the paste away with water.


3. Clean a sponge

To clean a dirty sponge, soak it overnight in a solution of ¼ cup salt per quart of warm water.  


4. Remove wine stains

If you’ve spilled wine on a carpet, sop up as much liquid as possible and then sprinkle the area with salt. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then vacuum the area. (Still there? Try another one of these wine stain-fighting tricks.)


5. Clean a flower vase

To remove mineral deposits from a glass flower vase, rub the stains with a 50/50 paste of salt and water, and then rinse the paste away with water.


6. Erase lipstick stains on glassware

To remove lipstick stains from the rims of glassware, rub the stained edges with a paste of salt and water until the lipstick disappears. Then wash the glassware. For glassware washing tips, check out: Proper Care for Your Barware.


7. Clean yellowed wicker furniture

Is your white wicker not very, you know, white anymore? No problem. Scrub the furniture with warm salt water using a stiff-bristled brush. Let the furniture dry in the sun — no rinsing required.


8. Remove sweat stains

Remove sweat stains from your favorite shirts with a mixture of four tablespoons of salt per one quart of hot water. While the mixture is still hot, sponge it directly onto the stains until they disappear and then wash the shirt as you normally would.


9. Clear out your garbage disposal

To dislodge stuck waste in your disposal, pour a ½ cup of salt down the disposal, run cold water and then start the disposal. Bonus: The salt will also help neutralize odors.


10. Keep ants away

Send ants marching away from your home by sprinkling a line of salt at entry points (like doors and windows). Ants generally won’t cross the barrier.


11. Polish brass and copper

To remove tarnish from copper and brass, mix a paste of equal parts salt, flour and water. Rub the paste into the tarnished item with a soft cloth and then rinse it away with soap and warm water.


12. Remove a tub ring

Mix one tablespoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste, and then coat the ring with the paste. After two to three minutes, scrub the ring with a stiff-bristled brush and then rinse the salt paste away. If your ring is stubborn, you may need to repeat this several times before it’s completely erased.


13. Clean a wok

While your wok is still hot, pour in two or three tablespoons of salt and scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush. Wipe the salt away, and then coat the wok with vegetable oil. Tip: In general, avoid cleaning your wok with water — it can cause the surface to rust.


14. Remove grease stains

To remove grease stains from carpets and cloth furniture, mix one-part salt with four-parts rubbing alcohol and rub the mixture into the grease stain. No need to rinse — the rubbing alcohol will evaporate.


15. Erase drink rings

To erase ugly rings left by drinks and hot dishes on wooden furniture, mix a handful of salt with a tablespoon of vegetable oil until it’s the consistency of paste. Gently rub the paste into the ring until it disappears.