OTHER WAYS TO USE SALT by Vickie Kline

Salt is an inexpensive item that can be used in many ways other than flavoring our food. Use it as an air freshener, a cleaner, or even to help keep your favorite bottle of wine chilled. Here are some ideas:

1. To help remove odors from your garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup of salt directly into the garbage disposal. Run the disposal as usual and the odors will disappear.

2. If you’ve been cleaning fish and want to remove the odor from your hands, simply rub them with a lemon wedge dipped in salt. Rinse with water and all is fresh.

3. Use salt to make homemade air freshener. Cut an orange in half and remove the pulp (hopefully you eat this). Fill the peel with salt and experience a fresh scent easily placed anywhere in your home.

4. In a hurry and forgot to chill the wine? For a quick chill, place bottle in ice bucket or other tall plastic container. Add a layer of ice on the bottom and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of salt. Continue to layer ice and salt until it reaches the neck of the bottle. Then add water to ice level. Within 10 to 12 minutes you’ll have the perfectly chilled bottle of wine.

5. To perk up the flavor of your morning coffee, add a pinch of salt to the coffee placed in the basket of your coffeemaker. This works by helping to remove some of the acid taste.

6. In addition to number 5, if you’d like to remove coffee stains from the inside of your glass coffee pot, add four teaspoons of salt, one cup of crushed ice, and one tablespoon of water. Gently swish until clean… then rinse.

7. Looking for a way to remove rust from scissors or tools? Add one tablespoon of salt to lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to rusted area with a dry cloth and rub.

8. I love to wear white. I love to drink red wine. Well, as you know, the two don’t always mix. When I splash a bit of wine on my white shirt, I immediately pour enough salt on the stain to soak up any liquid. Then, immerse in cold water for approximately half an hour, and launder as usual.

9. Let’s not forget the healing properties of salt. To alleviate a sore throat, gargle several times per day with a mixture of 1/2 cup warm water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Or to simply relax after a long day – prepare a salt water bath for your feet. Use 1-1/2 gallons of warm water, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak feet for up to fifteen minutes and feel the day soak away.

Salt will do more than flavor your food, it’s a good item to keep on hand for everyday uses.

Strive to be healthy!

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