Over 60 Ways to Use Salt | Reader's Digest

Over 60 Ways to Use Salt

Amazing uses for the most common condiment in your kitchen.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

A pre-shampoo dandruff treatment

The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.

Condition your skin

You’ve heard of bath salts, of course. Usually this conjures images of scented crystals that bubble up in your tub and may contain coloring and other stuff that leave a dreaded bathtub ring. Now strip that picture to its core, and you’ve got salt. Dissolve 1 cup table salt in your tub and soak as usual. Your skin will be noticeably softer. Buy sea salt for a real treat. It comes in larger chunks and can be found in health food stores or the gourmet section of a grocery store.

Give yourself a salt rubdown

Try this trick to remove dead skin particles and boost your circulation. Either while still in the tub, or just after stepping out of the tub — while your skin is still damp — give yourself a massage with dry salt. Ordinary salt works well; the larger sea salt crystals also do the job.

Freshen your breath the old-fashioned way

Store-bought mouthwash can contain food coloring, alcohol, and sweeteners. Not to mention the cost! Use the recipe Grandma used and your breath will be just as sweet. Mix 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1/2 cup water. Rinse and gargle.

Open hair-clogged drains

It’s tough to keep hair and shampoo residues from collecting in the bathtub drain and clogging it. Dissolve the mess with 1 cup salt, 1 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Pour the mixture down the drain. After 10 minutes, follow up with a 1/2 gallon (2 liters) boiling water. Run your hot-water tap until the drain flows freely.

Remove spots on tub enamel

Yellow spots on your enamel bathtub or sinks can be lessened by mixing up a solution of salt and turpentine in equal parts. Using rubber gloves, rub away the discoloration and then rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget to ventilate the bathroom while performing this cleaning task.