Salt is one of those great chemicals that sits around underappreciated. You know you can use it to make your potatoes and gravy taste better, but did you know you can also use it to make plaster? Did you know you can use salt to clean a carpet? Take our quiz and discover the many ways in which you can use salt to help keep your home clean.
Salt and turpentine combine to make a paste that cleans enamel very well. You can use it to clean your sink, your bathtub or your toilet bowl.
If you're using a salt and turpentine paste to restore enamel, you should let it sit for about 15 minutes before you wipe it off.
Salt and gravy mix better on mashed potatoes than on carpet. Remove as much of the gravy as possible, then apply the salt to the carpet to fight the stain.
You will need 80 percent rubbing alcohol and 20 percent salt to fight grease stains on a carpet.
You will need to rub your alcohol and salt mixture into the carpet with a bit of force, but rub in the direction of the carpet's nap, or you might remove more than just the grease stain.
You need not panic just because you spilled blood-red wine all over your gorgeous new carpet. Simply sprinkle the stain with salt, and let the salt soak up the wine for about 15 minutes.
After the salt has soaked up what it can -- 15 minutes should do it -- mix 2/3 of a cup of water with 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and use the concoction to clean the carpet.
Wicker should be cleaned using salt water and a stiff brush.
The best way to dry wicker furniture is in direct sunlight.
You can remove ugly water damage from wood by mixing salad oil and salt; use the resulting paste as though it were wood polish.
Pewter is an extremely soft metal and it can be scratched very easily. Always clean pewter items gently.
Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of salt and enough flour to create a smooth paste.
Apply the pewter-cleaning paste gently, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Remove with warm water and a soft cloth.
Rather than spending a bunch of money on a huge bucket of plaster, when all you need is a little bit, use this recipe to create a plaster substitute.
You can use a strong saltwater solution to stop candles from dripping. Soak them for several hours and let them dry.
When you throw salt onto a flame, the flame takes on a bright, yellow color.
Interestingly enough, the paste you make out of salt, water, and cream of tartar is great for removing rust.
Cream of tartar works best, but if you can't find any, you can make a paste out of lemon juice and salt instead.
So-called hard water has too much calcium and magnesium. You use special sodium pellets to remove these minerals and "soften" the water.
If you notice a lot of water spots on your dishes and glassware, it's likely you're dealing with hard water.