Uses For Salt In Housekeeping

Do you know that there are several non-cooking uses for salt in housekeeping? We’ve already looked at the uses of Vaseline and saw that there’s no need to buy expensive items to do DIY work, cleaning, repairing etc around the home. Salt works in the same way too and can be a cheap alternative to a lot of things you do around the home – especially when it comes to housekeeping. You can see more in our new housekeeping series here.

1. Collect your kids’ smelly plastic juice bottles, stale flasks and other closed containers and soak them with salty water. Leave this overnight and come back tomorrow to fresher smelling bottles and containers.

2. Put some salt in your greasy baking pans and wipe down with paper towels. This makes them easier to wash because the salt cuts through most of the grease.


3. Collect your faded washable curtains and rugs and put them in the washing machine with a splash of salt added in your washing soap chamber.  They’ll come out brightened and newer looking, but make sure that they’re washable before you do this. (If they’re not washable, they may shrink).

4. Collect all your flower vases, and soak them in a strong solution of water and salt. Rub down with a sponge after a soak. If you can’t reach down to the bottom of the vase, just dump in a handful of raw rice at the end of a long soak (rice works as a scrubber) get something to place on the top of the vase and shake vigorously. Or if you have access to an old bottle brush you can use this instead. This treatment is perfect for getting out those stubborn stains stuck in flower vases.

5. Salt is also great for treating perspiration-stained garments. Dissolve 5 tablespoons of salt in one litre of hot water.  Sponge the garments with the solution and watch the stains disappear. You can then place the garments in the washing machine, add washing powder, and wash as usual.

6. Work on your watermarks left on tables and other wooden surfaces by making a paste with water and salt.  Work into the stain with a soft cloth until it’s completely gone.

 7. Salt can be placed around your doors and windows frames to stop ants and other insects entering the house. They won’t cross the salt barrier. Remember to replace after heavy rain.

Salt uses for personal grooming…

Salt can be used as a cheap teeth-whitener (and gum treatment). Grind down the salt as much as you can (maybe with a rolling pin on a cutting board). Add one part salt to two parts baking soda, make a paste and brush your teeth with it.  You’ll see a marked difference in colour.  This is for whitening, removing plaque and healthy gums.

You can also get rid of your dandruff and get a cheap head massage with salt.  Sprinkle some salt in your scalp and rub through thoroughly.  The abrasive nature of salt will scrub out the dandruff better than shampoos in wet hair.  This will also give you a good head massage.

If you know of any other great uses for salt in housekeeping, please share them with us in the comments below. While you can clean the above items with the help of salt, if you need advice on professional rug cleaning, visit the site for their help. 

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35 Responses to Uses For Salt In Housekeeping

  1. North Canton Ohio Dental Office
    September 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Wow these are some really wonderful and useful tips. I wasn’t aware of the majority of these uses. I know I’ve used salt and ice cubes to clean stained coffee pots at the office before and it’s worked. Who knew salt could be used for so many things. Another very interesting post Anne, as always.

    The tip about using salt to create a barrier for ants and insects is similar to another tip I read about else where. If you are having problems with fleas in your home try sprinkling salt throughout the carpeted areas and rugs. The salt clings to the fleas and causes damage and death to the flea as they move. Wait 24-48 hours and vacuum up the salt and the dead fleas.
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    • Anne September 6, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      I like the tip about using salt to catch fleas. They can’t be seen and as such, are hard to get rid of. I’m glad there’s a way to stop them in their tracks.

  2. christine davids
    June 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    very interesting!good work Anne keep it up!
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  3. Clienti Neseriosi April 22, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    Salt is a must have item in any house…

    I remember when i was young my mom put salt on a small cut or bleeding to stop bleeding, if there was nothing else to stop it..

  4. Marry April 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Thanks for this brilliant idea, and Alex special thanks to you as well..

    April 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    It is very good to learn this. We use salt only our recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us. recommends you read..Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Cheese RecipeMy Profile

  6. Alex April 17, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Salt can be used for our sinks as it can help to restore white enameled fixtures that have gone yellow. This can be done by making a paste of turpentine mixed with oil.

  7. Wandering Thought April 16, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I will try your first tip, as I do have this problem with the bottle..

  8. Audi A7 Miami April 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I am a heavy coffee drinker, so I am definitely going to try your idea for teeth whitening. And I had no clue that salt can be used to get rid of stains. These tips come in handy. Thank you!

  9. Joy Marketing April 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    As far as salt goes, I knew I could add it to my food and use it on my driveway to melt the snow. Absolutely had no idea about some of the other neat things you can use it for. It’s always nice to learn something new. Thanks for the insight. -Joy

  10. suka March 26, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    so it’s good to know that. I’ll have to try it some time.

  11. Osho Garg
    March 23, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Hi Anne,

    Hope your #7 Tip will work for me 😀

    Thanks For Great Tips 🙂
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  12. Anika Moore March 20, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Hahaha, How interesting! Well done, Debbie. I never even thought we can use salt for so many things. For me salt was just salt. But not anymore! will definitely try your tips!!!

  13. chaits March 15, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    so many uses of salt …no wonder its called common salt.

  14. Jonathan Adams
    March 15, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I didn’t know salt cold be used as a teeth-whitener. Thanks!
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  15. nojhere March 14, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Wow…great tips…will tell my wife to try it…hehe
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  16. Cynthia
    March 13, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    That is amazing. I did not know all of the uses there were for salt. I just threw away of my my favorite shirts. I should have read your article first.
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  17. Jazmin
    March 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    I know this isn’t a housekeeping tip, but I’ll throw it in there, because it’s still a great use for salt. Use it as an inexpensive exfoliator for your skin! Salt is the main ingredient in many commercial body scrubs. By making your own DIY body scrub with salt and a little shower gel, you can definitely pinch some pennies 🙂
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    • Anne March 12, 2013 at 10:01 am #

      I appreciate the tip. I also included some pertaining to personal grooming, so you’re not off the mark. I hadn’t heard of this one, so it’s good to know that. I’ll have to try it some time.

  18. Daniel from brak March 11, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Great tips Anne, didn’t know that were so many useful applications for salt in DIY project, tho I wonder about the salt paste being applied to furniture. Will it not damage the stain as well?
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    • Anne March 11, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Daniel, if you’re worried about damage, why not try out the paste in an inconspicuous area of the furniture first before tackling the stain. In my experience, the salt won’t damage the piece, but of course, each piece – each finish is different.

      • Daniel March 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

        I guess I can try that as well. Thanks for the tip anyways 😉

  19. Alex at Office Kitten
    March 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    It’s great to see salt in a positive light for once! Certainly in England we’re always hearing about how we’re eating way too much of it and how we should be cutting back. Whilst that’s true to some extent I think a lot of people forget how useful the stuff is! I like the plastic juice bottles one. I’ll be using that for sure. Thanks for the great article, Anne.

    • Anne March 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      You’re welcome, Alex. What you say is true. It’s time for us to bring back the old fashioned, cheap, safe methods of cleaning our homes.

  20. shakir March 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Amazing post Anne, you made salt substantially more advantageous again, much the same as you did to your vaseline post. I should state you put a considerable measure of enterprise in social occasion informative content before you set up a post, and the undertakings are worth it. I am happy I can tackle some of my old issues with salt today, a debt of gratitude is in order regarding the post.

  21. Margaux Allen March 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Valuable tips Anne! I am definitely following your post if you don’t mind. By the way, Gargling warm water with salt is also believed to cure soar throat.

    • Anne March 11, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      That’s true. I’ve used it a few times and it’s worked. The effect doesn’t last for a long time, but it certainly gives relief for a while.

  22. Hyptia from private March 7, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Yes these are that kind of things which can help a lot in your daily routine for house keeping and you can make it very easily to use and really it works great.
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  23. Peter March 7, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Great post Anne, you made salt much more useful again, just like you did to your vaseline post. I must say you put a lot of effort in gathering information before you put up a post, and the efforts are worth it. I am glad I will be able to solve some of my old problems with salt today, thanks for the post.

    • Anne March 7, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Thank you for your kind comment, Peter. I appreciate it. Yes, I do put a lot of effort into my posts and it’s great when it’s recognised and appreciated. Thanks again.

  24. Kelly Smith March 6, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Wow! Salt is not for salty test but lot for others as well. Thanks Anne! Kindly continue with your such housekeeping tips.

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    • Anne March 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Indeed. Salt is a cheap way of doing a lot of other things – other than cooking.

  25. Ashutosh
    March 6, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Wow nice topic i could’t think like you.I rally like your post Salt is very important for taste and health . It make our meal tasty .I can’t imagine food without it .\
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  26. Debbie March 6, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    You can use salt when you have dropped a egg. pour a generose amout of salt on the egg and then just use a paper towel to pick up the egg.

    • Anne March 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      I like that tip, Debbie. I actually do that in my own home. I didn’t want to add it because I wanted to stay within the homemaking/DIY niche in the article.

      Thanks for the advice, though. I appreciate it.

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