Other Usage Tips
Extinguishing grease fires – Keep a box of salt handy at your stove
and oven and if a grease fire flares up, cover the flames with salt. Do
not use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease. Also
a handful of salt thrown on flames from meat dripping in barbecue
grills will reduce the flames and deaden the smoke without cooling the
coals as water does.
Drip-proofing candles – Soak new candles in a strong salt solution
for a few hours, then dry them well. When burned they will not drip.
Removing soot – Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames
in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt
makes a bright yellow flame.
Cleaning fish tanks – Rub the inside of fish tanks with salt to
remove hard water deposits, then rinse well before returning the fish to
the tank. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.
Invigorating goldfish – Occasionally add one teaspoon of salt to a
quart of fresh water at room temperature and put your goldfish in for
about 15 minutes. Then return them to their tank. The salt swim makes
Cleaning flower vases – To remove deposits caused by flowers and
water, rub with salt; if you cannot reach the deposits to rub them, put a
strong salt solution in the vase and shake, then wash the vase with
soap and water.
Keeping cut flowers fresh – A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
Holding artificial flowers – Artificial flowers can be held in an
artistic arrangement by pouring salt into the container, adding a little
cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt will solidify as it
dries and hold the flowers in place.
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.
Killing poison ivy – Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer.
Keeping windows frost-free – Rub the inside of windows with a sponge
dipped in a saltwater solution and rub dry; the windows will not frost
up in sub-freezing weather. Rubbing a small cloth bag containing salt
that has been moistened on your car's windshield will keep snow and ice
De-icing sidewalks and driveways – Lightly sprinkling rock salt on
walks and driveways will keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement
and allow for easy removal. Don't overdo it; use the salt sensibly to
avoid damage to grass and ornamentals.
Deodorizing shoes – Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
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