Salt has been an integral part of civilization dating back as far as 6050 B.C.
Salt has been such an important element of life that it has been the subject of many stories, fables and folktales and is frequently referenced in fairy tales.
It served as currency at various times and places, and it has even been the cause of bitter warfare.
Offering bread and salt to visitors, in many cultures, is traditional etiquette.
Aside from all of the uses that salt performs in terms of baking, food flavor and food preservation, salt has a number of other uses that you may never have thought of:
Make a paste using 6 tablespoons of salt and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Apply paste to rusted area with a dry cloth and rub. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
Perk Up Coffee Flavor
Add a pinch of Salt to the coffee in the basket of your coffeemaker. This will improve the coffee’s flavor by helping to remove some of the acid taste.
Dispose of Disposal Odor
To help remove odors from garbage disposals, pour 1/2 cup of Salt directly into the garbage disposal. By running the disposal following manufacturer’s directions, you’ll send those odors down the drain.
Eliminate Fish Odors
Removing fish odor from your hands is simple with Salt. Just rub your hands with a lemon wedge dipped in salt, then rinse with water.
Cut Cutting Board Odors
To help cut odors off of your wooden cutting board, simply pour a generous amount of Salt directly on the board. Rub lightly with a damp cloth. Wash in warm, sudsy water.
Soothe Sore Throats
To alleviate the discomfort of a mild sore throat, gargle several times daily with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon Salt and 1/2 cup warm water*. It’s like taking a liquid lozenge.
Treat your Tootsie’s
To prepare a salt water bath, pour 6 quarts (1-1/2 gallons) warm water in a large basin. Mix in 1/4 cup Salt and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak feet for up to 15 minutes.
Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time (it does not make the water boil faster).
Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; if it floats, toss it.
Cleaning greasy pans
The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you use a little salt in it and wipe with paper towels.
Cleaning stained cups
Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.
Save the bottom of your oven
If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke and smell, and it will bake into a crust that makes the baked-on mess much easier to clean when it has cooled.
Fend Off Fire From A Rogue BBQ
Toss a bit of salt on flames from food dripping in barbecue grills to reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water does).
To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.
To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.
Keeping milk fresh
Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.
Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.
Keeping cut flowers fresh
A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
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.
Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
Relieving bee stings
If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.
Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda–dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual.
Melt snow and ice
Sprinkle salt on snow or ice to melt away.
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.
The term “worth one’s weight in salt” means that a person is effective and efficient or deserving of one’s pay.
The list above shows just how versatile and useful salt is and only proves just how valuable salt is as a survival staple.
So the next time that you sprinkle this over your french fries take a second and think about all the different uses this delicious, flavor enhancing rock can provide.
Can you think of any other uses that I may have missed? Let me know below.