Recentaly a Tip Hero reader shared a tip for killing poison ivy by pouring boiling salt water over the plant. I decided to research this and came across an interesting page listing 73 alternative uses for salt. I was surprised at just how useful salt is, no wonder it was a form of currency long ago. Here’s 12 interesting uses for salt I pulled out:

1. Keeping milk fresh – Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.

2. Cleaning stained cups – Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.

3. “Sweetening” containers – Salt can “sweeten” and deodorize thermos bottles and jugs, decanters and other closed containers.

4. Keeping patios weed-free – If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down

5. Reducing eye puffiness – Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the solution on the puffy areas.

6. Color-matching nylons – Good nylons that don’t have a match can be made the same color by boiling them a few minutes in a pan of lightly salted water.

7. Restoring sponges – Give sponges new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after they are washed.

8. Extending broom life – New brooms will wear longer if soaked in hot saltwater before they are first used.

9. Cleaning coffee pots – Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual.

10. Boiling Water – Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time. (It does not make the water boil faster.)

11. Fixing oversalted soups – If soup has been oversalted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.

12. Brightening cutting boards – After washing them with soap and water, rub bread and cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter.

Be sure to check out the full list: Salt Uses and Tips

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