The other salt story I read was about using salt as a cleaner. So I went to the Morton Salt website to see what they said about using salt as a cleaner. They actually have a section titled Household Tips. They gave some great ways to clean with salt. Here are a few:
- To remove coffee stains from the inside of a glass coffee pot, add 4 teaspoons Morton ® Salt, 1 cup crushed ice and 1 tablespoon water. Gently swirl until clean, then rinse. Coffee pot should be at room temperature before cleaning. Do not use if pot is cracked or chipped.
- Restore the bloom to a glass flower vase. Just mix 1/3 cup Morton ® Salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar to form a paste. Apply to inside of vase. Let stand 20 minutes, scrub, and discard paste. Rinse vase and dry. For a large vase, double or triple the quantity of paste.
- Don't let bicycle rust slow you down. To clean the rust from bike handlebars and tire rims, make a paste using 6 tablespoons of Morton ® Salt and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Apply paste to rusted area with a dry cloth and rub. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
- A fine wine is hard to appreciate when it stains your nicest shirt. Simply use Morton ® Salt to help remove wine stains from cotton fabric. Immediately pour enough salt directly on the stain to soak up the liquid. Immerse the fabric for 1/2 hour in cold water. Launder as usual.
- Clear the air with this homemade air freshener.
Just cut an orange in half, remove pulp, and fill the peel with Morton ® Salt. It will provide a pleasant, aromatic scent anywhere in your home.
- To alleviate the discomfort of a mild sore throat, gargle several times daily with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon Morton ® Salt and 1/2 cup warm water*. It's like taking a liquid lozenge.
*Gargling with warm salt water is recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngology to alleviate mild sore throat pain. See a physician if your sore throat persists longer than five days or if the sore throat is accompanied by difficulty in breathing or swallowing, joint pain, earache, a rash or fever.
- To prepare a salt water bath, pour 6 quarts (1-1/2 gallons) warm water in a large basin. Mix in 1/4 cup Morton ® Salt and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak feet for up to 15 minutes. Warning: Diabetics or individuals with poor circulation should consult their physician before using.
- To patch small nail holes and fine cracks in plaster or wallboard, mix 2 tablespoons Morton ® Salt, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and about 4 to 5 teaspoons water to make a thick, pliable paste. Fill hole and let dry. Sand if necessary, then paint.
Maybe we just need to rethink the way we use salt. Instead of using it to flavor our food, we should just be cleaning with it.