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11 Mar

10 Innovative Uses for Salt

Thought that salt shaker on your table was only good for seasoning an otherwise bland dish? Or perhaps something to throw down on the pavement to prevent a lawsuit during icy weather? Turns out salt actually has a number of innovative – albeit strange – uses related to health, cooking and food preparation.

1. Got Milk?

Add a pinch of salt (and seriously, keep it to a very small pinch!) to a carton of milk to help preserve its freshness.

2. Egg-scellent:

Eat a lot of eggs? Then be sure to keep salt at hand! Not sure if those eggs at the bottom of the fridge are any good? Drop ‘em in a glass of water with 2 tbsp of salt – if they sink to the bottom, they’re still fresh, but if they rise to the top, you should probably give them a pass! Need a use for that salt water (and those good eggs)? Try boiling them in salt water – it’ll make them easier to peel! Dropped an egg on the floor? Cover with salt and let sit for 20 minutes – it’ll make clean up a snap!

3. Genie in a Bottle:

If that water bottle you’ve been toting to the gym is beginning to smell a little less than pleasant, try sprinkling in a little salt. Not only will it sop up any remaining moisture (often the culprit behind the offending odor) but it will also sweeten and deodorize the container. Just remember to rinse before your refill! As a side note, this same trick will also work with your stinkiest sneakers!

4. Coffee Break:

You consider yourself a bit of a coffee connoisseur so you know when that coffee’s been overcooked. The solution? Add some salt – it’ll take care of the bitterness (and can later be used with ice cubes to clean the coffee pot!)

5. Itch Factor:

Hot, cold, hot, cold. Season changes can definitely take a toll on the skin. Reduce the itch associated with dry skin – and soften up scaly patches – by soaking in a tub filled with 1 cup of table salt or sea salt.

6. Burning Up:

You take a sip of your new green tea and grimace. It’s not the taste, it’s the freakin’ temperature! Soothe a severe burn in your mouth by rinsing with a solution of 8 ounces of water and 1 tbsp sea salt roughly every hour. The solution will not only reduce the pain, but will also promote healing. And, as a bonus, this same solution can also be used if you bite your tongue or cheek.

7. Bug-Be-Gone:

You didn’t want to go camping in the first place, but you conceded and now you’re covered in bug bites. Rather than sulking through the rest of the trip, apply a thick paste of salt and water to a bee sting or bug bite and allow to dry. It will help relieve the itch and pain (though it’s not going to do much to help in your plight to head home!)

8. Tooth and Nail:

You remembered to pack your toothbrush, but the toothpaste? Well…uhh… that fell off the map. Not to worry. Grab some good ol’ table salt and mix with two parts baking soda, grind on a board (you’ll feel a little drug lordish, but work with it) then dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush away! Not only will it remove plaque, it’s also a pretty decent tooth whitener!

9. Brown Bag:

Thought adding lemon juice was the only way to prevent potatoes and apples from turning brown once they’re exposed to air? Turns out submerging them in a solution of cold water and table salt will also do the trick (and again, won’t have any effect on taste!)

10. Odor Eater:

You’ve been slaving over the stove all day to cook your honey a tasty treat, but the odor of old onions is bound to put the skids on the romance. Try sprinkling your hands with salt, add some vinegar (malt or white works best), rub your hands together and rinse. Voila – smell free – and soft – hands that’ll beg to be held!

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The innovative uses for NaCl go on and on! Share your favorites in the comment boards!

Further Reading:

10 Ways to Reduce Salt

10 Great Uses for Vinegar

That’s Fit: Cutting Salt is Slimming for Kids

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  1. Here are a few other cool ones I found online…
    Thanks for the list!

    Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

    Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

    Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

    Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up
    the stain.

    Regina wrote on March 11th, 2008
  2. I’ll vouch for one of the above. I was in the convenience store biz for awhile and we always kept a container of salt by the coffee bar. We would fill the carafes half-way with ice, add some salt, swirl, and rinse!

    Dave C. wrote on March 11th, 2008
  3. Hey! Love the blog! But! Gotta say, easy on the exclamation points! Everything in moderation!

    travis wrote on March 11th, 2008
  4. Pretty cool and interesting list, just for #7; how the heck do you get a paste from water and salt?

    Marc wrote on March 11th, 2008
  5. I always salt my Granny Smith apples after I slice them They are soooo good that way but cannot remember how I ever started this. Has anyone else ever heard of such a practice.

    connie wrote on April 26th, 2008
    • My wife is from Singapore. I work part time at event security and like to munch on apples when working. She cuts the apples into 1″ cubes, places them in salted water for 15 minutes then places them into zip locks. In 10 years not a one piece has turned brown.

      phxgeo wrote on November 8th, 2011
    • peaches and watermelon made sweeter with salt too. No need for mature watermelons but if they’re not sweet, salten em’ up!!

      DH wrote on November 9th, 2011
  6. half your sink with warm water add 1/2 lb of salt to the water and flush it down your sink it will keep the sink running free

    Godfrey wrote on November 5th, 2011
  7. Old fashioned weed killer . . . strong salt water solution. Use with care (walkway edges, driveways, etc.) because salting the land used to be a capital offense. It renders the land sterile for some time . . .

    Stephanie wrote on November 7th, 2011
  8. If you have roots growing in sewer lines and have to have the roto rooter out once in a while, here’s what to do. After its cleaned out the next time flush a cup or so of table salt down the toilet. Repeat this once or twice a month and it will help keep the roots from growing back. Pretty cheap insurance.

    Nicholaus wrote on November 8th, 2011
  9. Wash your hands with salt and a little water to remove onion or garlic odor.

    Rellif wrote on November 8th, 2011


    bjarne maersk wrote on November 8th, 2011
    • Are you sure this works?

      Giselle wrote on November 12th, 2011
      • 2 1/2 hours? in a tub of water??

        KeepOurFreedoms wrote on November 15th, 2011
  11. Drinking a cool glass of beer or pop – sprinkle salt on the napkin it is sitting on. It won’t stick to the napkin.

    Wayne wrote on November 8th, 2011
    • Oh, That’s a good one.

      KeepOurFreedoms wrote on November 15th, 2011
  12. Trying to catch a robin? Sneak up behind it and sprinkle salt on it’s tail, rendering it incapable of flying off…About 20 lbs should do it !

    johnnyo wrote on November 8th, 2011
  13. you’ll only need a pinch with an incantation.

    stilo wrote on November 9th, 2011
  14. totally faltu i have not seen or heard such type of things in my life

    Subhashree wrote on May 19th, 2012

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