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How to Clean With Salt

September 6, 2010

When cleaning up around the house, I often ask myself, what do I already have that I can use? Do I really need to buy something? The usual answer: No. What you need to clean can be found right in your kitchen, table salt. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly and safe. It acts as an abrasive without really scratching (in my experience).

Here are some great ways to use salt in a pinch:

  • To quick clean a stained coffee carafe or thermos, sprinkle the bottom with lots of salt, add warm water, and swirl around to scrub off the grime. Rinse well and use.
  • To soak up spills and lessen stains: On hard surfaces, pour salt over the liquid; let dry and wipe or sweep the salt away. On cloth or carpet (think red wine), pour on salt, then pat it in.Vaccum or brush/ shake it off once dry.
  • To polish copper pots and pans, make a paste of salt and vinegar (or ketchup which contains vinegar and stays on better due to its thickness). Rub it on with a sponge or paper/cloth towel. Let it set and once metal is shiny (about 5-10 min) rinse extremely well and dry.
  • To scour countertops and sinks mix equal parts salt and baking soda with a small amount of dish detergent and water to form a paste. Use this like a soft scrub on stubborn stains. You may need to rinse several times to get the residue off.
  • Last, for a quick hand scrub,  take a handful of salt (sugar also works well) add some mild liquid soap, and scrub off the dirt. Your hands will be baby soft!
inspired by an article of good housekeeping magazine sept 2009

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Carrie permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:12 am

    I knew vinegar and backing soda canbe use as cleaning product, but I didn’t know the salt can be too. Thaks for sharing.
    After builders cleaning

  2. September 25, 2010 3:56 pm

    Hi! Another wonderful use for cleaning with salt…pour it immediately on a spill on the bottom of a hot oven. It will soak up the mess and prevent it from carbonizing and giving off that awful smoky smell. Later you can easily scrape it away when the oven is cool.

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