5 Ways with... Table Salt

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Learn how to make the most of common household items, like hair dryers, dryer sheets and toothpicks, when you watch our 5 Ways video series! Each week on our site, we feature a different item, which you most likely have lying around the house, and show you five new uses for it—surprising even the most savvy homemaker. For instance, did you know the absorbent powders in sidewalk chalk can soak up stains on clothing? Or that dryer sheets can calm frizzy-hair flyaways? Today, tune in to the latest installment, in which WomansDay.com Assistant Editor Brynn Mannino demonstrates five new ways to put table salt to use.

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Salt is great for scrubbing casst iron pans. Report
Mix salt and vinegar to clean brass dip a dry rag in the mixture then rub. When clean, use a soft microfiber cloth to rub a little olive oil on to polish and prevent additional tarnishing. Report
Salt is good for cleaning or scouring cooked on crud for delicate cookware or things like stoneware where you don't use soaps (because of the stoneware absorbing soap taste and it gets on foods etc.)... so salt or baking soda etc are gentle enough to cleanse items like corningware, non-stick cookware, stone bakeware etc. (like Pampered Chef) etc. Works well. It's a cleansing agent!!! Report
Pour table salt on spilt wine on carpet, wait until the salt has soaked it all up and dried, then vacuum. Voila! No stain :) Report
Salt is a good substitute for colored sand in those little jars. First pour salt into a shallow bowl, then rub colored chalk in it. You can make as many colors as you have chalk. I've used baby food jars for this, but any small jar works well. Fill jar tight to the top & cap it, but don't let any of it get wet, or you'll just have colored salt water! Report
My favorite use for salt is making special effects on silk scarves. The way it pulls the paint is beautiful. Report
Salt has many good uses. I use it for a mouthwash but just don't eat it... lol Report
Uh, Brynn, yes, pouring saltwater will kill poison ivy plants, but it will also kill almost every other kind of plant, too!!! And it takes a LOOOOOOONG time to reverse that salt in the soil.... this was the very reason why historical cruel conquerors salted the agricultural fields of their subjugated people groups, to keep them dependent and beaten down. If you want to kill plants with salt water, use it on pathways and roads that you want to kill the grass that comes up in the cracks... Report
I seldom use salt, cooking or otherwise. I stopped adding it to food, way back in 1974. I must admit though, i do love snack chips, and maybe it is the salt I crave. Thank goodness, I only give in to them, once in awhile.
We use it here, to put down on icy walk ways. Report
Pour generous amount on red wine spills to soak up the wine from fabric! Report
salt water nose drops and salt water mouth rinse - for sutffy nose and any kind of sores in the mouth - helps to heal gums after having teeth pulled - helps heal sore throat when used as a gargle Report
I use table salt to clean my cast iron frying pan. I put a piece of paper towel on the bottom to soak up grease, then cover the bottom with a layer of salt; let it sit for a few minutes and with a piece of aluminum foil rolled into a ball, scrub the pan. Wipe out all the salt and remaining bits and put a small coat of oil on the pan. Works everytime! Report
I use salt in a bath to reduce the swelling of mosquito bites. Report
Sprinkle salt on wet hands to remove unpleasant odors.
Clean burned on food off skillets by sprinkling with salt and rubbing with a paper towel. Report
I use it to get smells out of my cutting boards. Report
USE it to clean the bottom of an iron. Pour salt on brown paper and iron it with a medium iron. Impurities on the bottom fall right off. Report
My mom used to use baking soda for bee stings I think it would work better... Report
Salt and lemon make a great tarnish remover for copper... my daughter and I clean pennies OFTEN Report
You can also mix it with olive oil and give yourself a salt scrub. It makes the skin so very soft. Report
Sprinkle it on a wet watercolor painting for a special effect. Report
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