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Salt, It's not Just for Seasoning - 14 Uses for Table Salt
by Carlene Rae Dater
I've been a homemaker and working wife for over thirty-eight years. Because I'm always short on time, I look for cleaning and cooking shortcuts to save time and money. For instance, if you've ever gotten small splotches of blood on your carpet, you know the stain can be tricky to remove, especially after it's dried.
1. Try this; sprinkle plain table salt on the stain. Moisten a clean cloth and rub the cloth into the stain and blot it up. Salt breaks down the protein in blood and the stain will be gone with no damage to your carpet.
2. Are the pantyhose in your drawer a tangled mess? Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will all come out the same color.
3. Spilled red wine can be difficult to remove. Cover the wine stain with salt. Rinse the fabric in cold water before washing and the stain will come out.
4. To remove grease stains from clothing, mix one part salt with four parts alcohol. Rub into the stain before washing.
5. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip up faster.
6. Also, add a pinch of salt to water before cooking eggs. They will boil faster.
7. And, gelatin sets more quickly when you add a pinch of salt.
8. Cleaning your fresh from the garden greens in salt water makes it easier to remove dirt.
9. Fresh fruits put in mildly salted water will not discolor.
10. Ready to clean up the kitchen? Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing it. Spills will wipe right up.
11. Soak discolored glass in a mixture of salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
12. Drip proof candles. Soak new candles in a strong solution of salt water for a few hours. Dry them well. They won't drip when you burn them.
13. Add a dash of salt to the vase of water for fresh flowers. They will last longer.
14. Sprinkling salt between cracks in cement or between bricks will keep grass from growing there.
Carlene Rae Dater has been a writer of both fiction and non-fiction for over 25 years and has been published in a variety of genres. Writing, reading and talking about mysteries is her passion. Visit her mystery blog at: http://www.themysterystartshere.com