Salt isn’t just for seasoning. Turns out this culinary staple is also a crucial ingredient in your spring cleaning arsenal. From big messes to little stains, salt’s natural abrasiveness and ability to absorb liquids makes it an ideal cleanser in a range of situations. Want more chemical-free ways to clean? Check out these great ideas for cleaning with lemons. But first, learn how cleaning with salt is easy and effective!
1. Tiles and Grout
All kinds of gunk can build up in bathroom tiles and grout. To get rid of it, mix equal parts baking soda, salt and vinegar. Allow it to sit on the tile or grout for 20-30 minutes, then remove it with a sponge or cloth.
After a winter of heavy use, your fireplace deserves a good scrub. Mix equal parts dish soap and salt (an ounce of each should do it) with a bit of water to make a creamy mixture. Rub the mix into the fireplace, allow it to dry, then remove it with a stiff brush.
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Remove residue from your iron with this nifty trick. Sprinkle salt over a piece of white paper, heat your iron to the cotton setting, and iron over the salt. This will help to lift stains off the iron plate without the need for scrubbing.
4. Stove Top
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Fun times in the kitchen always end in a bit of a mess. Mix equal parts salt, baking soda, and water to make a cleanser that will get rid of stove top spills and burner buildup.
5. Oven Spills
Tackle oven spills from the get-go by sprinkling salt on them immediately. This will stop smoke and odor from forming, and once the oven has cooled, it’ll be easier to wash away the spot.
6. Static Cling
Dryer sheets can contain chemicals and perfumes that are tough on skin. For a natural alternative, place Himalayan sea salt in a small cotton bag and add it to your next laundry load when you run it through the dryer.
7. Carpet Stains
You can prevent a fresh carpet stain from settling in by immediately sprinkling it with salt. Let the salt sit until the stain has dried, half an hour or so, then vacuum it up.
8. Coffee Mug Stains
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Your morning cup of joe could be leaving brown residue on your mugs. To get rid of it, sprinkle salt and baking soda onto the affected areas, then scrub with a damp cloth.
9. Stinky Shoes
Warm weather means it’s time to break out the running shoes. To keep them fresh, sprinkle salt in stinky shoes to help eliminate odors.
10. Cast Iron Skillet
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Cast iron skillets needs a precise cleaning routine to avoid rusting, and salt is a key ingredient in their proper care. Rub a bit of it on the skillet with oil to remove bits of food.
Sponges quickly become hotbeds for bacteria. Sanitize them by soaping up, rinsing, then soaking them in very salty cold water for an hour or two. This will kill germs and leave sponges puffed up and as good as new.
Ever notice how brooms become worn after just a few uses? Extend a broom’s life by soaking it in hot salt water for 20 minutes and allowing it to dry before its first use.
Keep your stainless steel sink squeaky clean by rubbing it with salt and lemon. Rinse the salt down the sink to help eliminate odors.
14. Cracked Egg
Did you let one slip while scrambling eggs? Sprinkle salt all over a spilled egg and allow it to be absorbed; it will then be super easy to clean up.
15. Water Rings
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If you’ve been slacking on coaster use, it’s not too late to salvage your furniture. Mix salt with a bit of olive oil and rub it into water rings to make them disappear.
A mixture of salt and soda water will clean the inside of your fridge without scratching enamel. It also deodorizes without harsh chemicals. Check out this article for more tips on cleaning and organizing your fridge.
17. Sweat Stains
As the weather heats up, you may find yourself with that pesky sweaty pits problem. Make a paste out of salt, vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide, and rub it onto the sweat stain.
18. Shower Curtain
Nothing ruins your morning shower like a mildewed curtain. To prevent it, soak your shower curtain in a tub filled with salty water before hanging it.
19. Colorful Laundry
Craving a colorful Spring wardrobe? Add a couple pinches of salt to your washing machine; your clothes will rinse cleaner and the colors will be brighter.
No polish needed to get your silver sparkling again. Instead, soak it in a mix of water, salt, and baking soda.
The next time you’re faced with a tricky spill, head for the pantry. Table salt (often mixed with other everyday ingredients like baking soda and vinegar) is a cleaning powerhouse. Plus, since it’s all-natural and inexpensive, using it in place of commercial cleaners will do the environment and your budget some good.