Over 60 Ways to Use Salt

Amazing uses for the most common condiment in your kitchen.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Clean your iron’s metal soleplate

It seems to happen on a regular basis. No matter how careful you are while ironing, something melts onto the iron, forming a rough surface that is difficult to remove. Salt crystals are the answer. Turn your iron onto high. Sprinkle table salt onto a section of newspaper on your ironing board. Run the hot iron over the salt, and you’ll iron away the bumps.

Make a quick pre-treatment

You’re out to a restaurant dining with friends and notice that a little salad dressing has spotted your slacks. You know it can’t be checked with water, but here’s an idea that will stop the stain from ruining your clothing. Drown the spot in salt to absorb the grease. When you get home, wash as usual.

Remove perspiration stains

Salt’s the secret to getting rid of those stubborn yellow perspiration stains on shirts. Dissolve 4 tablespoons salt in 1 quart (1 liter) hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.

Set the color in new towels

The first two or three times you wash new colored towels, add 1 cup salt to the wash. The salt will set the colors so your towels will remain bright much longer.