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6 Surprising Uses for Salt
1- Relief for Bee Stings
Bee stings are very painful. If you stung by a bee and did not show any allergic symptoms before, this method is ideal for you.
First, you should take the needle left in the skin. After the bee’s needle is removed, you can rub salt to the red and swollen area. In addition to that, you can wash the area with cold salty water. But you must not scratch.
It is a traditional method for relieving pain and reducing swelling for bee stings. However, if you still feel great pain or show allergic symptoms, you should be immediately taken to the emergency.
2- Kill Poison Ivy in Your Garden
Poison ivy leaves contain toxic oils, causing painful and itchy skin rashes if you touch them. This invasive weed will spread quickly if you don't control them.
When you notice poison ivy in your garden, you should remove them carefully to protect yourself and your family. Instead of buying chemical products to get rid of it, you can use salt to help protect the environment.
All you need is 1kg of food salt and 5 liters of boiling water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and cover the leaves and the soil surrounding the plant with the solution.
Spray the solution carefully to avoid applying it to surrounding plants or lawns as it can kill them as well. Continue spraying poison ivy once a week until the weed dies completely.
3- Clean Artificial Flowers Easily
As an alternative to fresh flowers which die quickly, artificial flowers are simple decorative objects that add color and beauty to your home. However, they collect dirt and dust. They require dusting and cleaning very often and this takes some much time as you have to go through each little leaf and petal.
To clean them easily, you can place your flowers into a paper bag filled with table salt and gently shake them. This solution will remove any traces of dirt and this method saves so much time for you.
4- Get Rid of the Smell in Shoes
Sneakers, boots, flats, or heels… Every type of shoes smell after a time of wear. Everyday wear of these shoes also causes bacteria production. For these reasons, it is necessary to pay special attention to shoe cleaning.
Leather, plastic or cotton, even the best quality shoes smell. The heat and humid your feet produce throught the day are the first reasons of unwanted odor. If you wear your shoes without socks, this problem can get pretty annoying.
What you need to do is get into the habit of cleansing your shoes every night by sprinkling a small amount of salt inside. Salt soaks up any lingering smells, preparing them odor-free for you in the morning.
5- Clean Tea and Coffee Stains from Mugs
We are all coffee or tea addicts. And, we know how hard it is to completely clean these dark brown stains, which is practically impossible.
All mugs look dirty because of these stains even if they are fresh out of dishwasher. However, salt use proves to be easiest way to get rid of them. You can scrub stains away with salt.
Sprinkle some salt onto a sponge and rub in circles on the tea and coffee stains until they disappear.
For really stubborn stains, you can add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the mug and swirl the liquid over the dirt before continuing to rub.
Is the water levels getting gradually high every time you shower or wash your dishes in kitchen sink? The reason likely is that your drain is blocked. This can be caused by anything from cleaning products to hair and food remainings.
But the remedy for unplugging drains is very easy with salt. You should mix 1 cup of salt with 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and pour it down your drain.
You should leave it to soak for 10 minutes while you boil water. Then carefully pour approximately 2 litres of boiling water down the drain.
Lastly, run hot water from the tap until the water runs easily down the drain.