The Simple Clean Tips from Truce Clean

8 ways you didn’t know you could use salt

8 ways you didn’t know you could use salt
8 ways you didn’t know you could use salt

Americans each use more than 16 tons of salt over their lifetimes, but did you know you can use it in a variety of ways other than direct consumption? Salt is one of Truce’s favorite ingredients so here are

Polish

Mix salt and vinegar into a thick paste and apply to brass silver and copper as a polish. Use a soft cloth to apply and buff, then rinse thoroughly in water and dry well.

Liquid Cleanups

A pet mess, oil and egg spills- just cover the area with salt – it’s a lot easier to pick up.

Drain Cleaner

Equal amounts of salt and hot water poured down a drain helps get rid of nasty smells and dissolve grease. Helps slow future buildups.

Scouring Pots and Pans

Pour rock salt onto greasy cookware before scouring to help cut through the grease.

Removing red wine, tea and coffee stains

To remove tea and coffee stains on cups and glasses, just pour onto a sponge and use a circular motion while working over the stains. For red wine stains on a tablecloth or shirt, pour salt directly onto the fabric, let dry and brush salt away.

Sterilizing sponges

Kitchen sponges are the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of nasty bacteria. By soaking a sponge in a heavily saline solution, it will help kill bacteria. To be thorough, put the sponge into the microwave for 1 minute.

Garden Aid

Where ants frequent, pour a line of salt to prevent them from crossing.

A mix of 1 part salt to 3 parts boiling water can be poured directly into ant nests to eliminate them.

Cutting Board Cleaner

A smelly cutting board means bacteria are present – and this is not only an odor problem, but a health issue. Bacteria are killed by salt, so by rubbing salt into your cutting board, letting it sit for a little while and then rinsing, your board will smell fresh and be bacteria-free!

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Salt can be used in many capacities around your home as a more eco- friendly alternative to harsh chemicals, but remember that while it’s abundant and inexpensive, using too much can result in potential damage to waterways and your yard so use it in prudently.