Who said that we have to use only chemically laden and harmful in-store bought cleaning detergents? Though all these products offer an easy solution to a myriad of household issues are they our best and safest alternative? Or it’s only big companies that want us to believe so? Apparently this is the case. Most companies sell us cleaning solutions that are either toxic or expensive, bombarding us with an endless stream of commercials and divert our attention from better, cleaner solutions like vinegar and salt, for example.
If you’re curious to understand why large multinationals are so scared people to learn more about natural cleaning products and their effectiveness continue reading.
7 Uses of Salt In Cleaning
One can say with a 100% certainty that people live and thrive in a slightly salty environment. If you open an advanced human biology textbook, you might be surprised to find that human blood has exactly the same chemical balance of calcium, potassium and sodium which can be found in the oceans. Even the cells in our bodies reside in a saline solution. But salt touches our lives in hundreds more ways that you can think of.
According to the Salt Institute there are 14,000 known uses for salt. From making our foods tastier and safer to ensuring that slippery winter roads are secure for driving. Interestingly enough, salt has many more useful properties in our day-to-day chores and routine. One of them is in home cleaning. Besides being vital for our existence, salt can help you make your home cleaner without employing the range of chemical substances, stored in your closed.
Below you can find 7 applications for salt in your everyday cleaning duties.
- Treat grease stains on rugs – When your favourite oriental rug is marred with an unsightly grease spot, right in the middle of it, you can try to remove it using a solution of one part salt to four parts alcohol. Rub hard until the stain is shifted.
- Freshen up fabrics’ colour – Launder window treatments and washable rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten their exhausted colours. You can use strong saltwater solution to revive faded carpets by rubbing them with a cloth, dipped in the solution. Be careful not to over wet the carpet.
- Handle rust stains and mildew – Use spray bottle to mix lemon juice and salt to moisten stained areas. If you can, take or spread the item outside in the sun to bleach. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
- Get rid of water rings – Don’t let nasty water rings blemish wood furniture. Whenever a glass of water or hot dish have left an hideous mark on your table make a paste of olive oil and salt. Apply it onto the spot and buff slightly while you wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
- Tackle perspiration stains – Don’t throw away your favourite shirt because of the stubborn stains under the armpits you can’t remove. Mix a quart of hot water with four tablespoons of salt and treat the fabric until the stain is gone.
- Shine a glass coffee pot – If you like your morning coffee black then you probably have noticed the awful brownish look the coffee pot acquires with regular use? Add ice cubes and salt to the empty vessel, swirl and then rinse. The salt will scour the surface while ice will help agitating the substance.
- Clean copper – Applying a paste of salt and lemon juice will provide a lasting shine to all copper finishes or items in your home.
In the second part of the series you can red more about cleaning your with white vinegar. However, don’t forget that in some instances it’s much better to call expert carpet technicians rather than risk ruining valuable, vintage rugs or expensive wall-to-wall carpeting.