Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on August 20, 2008
Let’s face it: we all have a vice or two. Mine? I’m addicted to the white stuff. Those little white grains filled with the promise of livening up any…dish. Ha, ha — had you for a moment, right? I’m speaking of salt, silly. It’s true: my palate is on the salty side. I justify my sodium intake by only sprinkling organic sea salt or squirting Braggs on my salads or soups and avoiding processed food like the plague. But in any case, writing this article serves as a good reminder to cut back.
So, what should I do with all this leftover salt I won’t be consuming? Luckily, UK-based Hippyshopper complied a list 10 eco-friendly uses for salt. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Treat a bee sting. Having endured more the eight bee stings (I kid you not), I wish I’d known about this one earlier. You simply wet the sting and then cover the affected area with salt. Apparently it’s much more effective (and cheaper) than most over-the-counter remedies. Hope I never get the opportunity to try this one out.
2. Set color. This is great for all you home dyers out there or sticklers for keeping darks and whites separate. If you’re concerned about dye running from a garment, soak it in 1/2 gallon of water with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If the rinse shows color, repeat the process.
3. Soothe scratches, rashes and cuts. You can do this by adding as much salt as you like to your bath. Epsom built and empire from this one. It also relieves and shrinks, er, hemorrhoids. Just by the by.
4. Clean stains from chinaware. Don’t you just hate it when your new white minimal cups are tarnished with unslightly tea and coffee stains? It drives me crazy. Well, rub the stains with salt and presto – they’re as good as new.
5. Keep apples and potatoes from turning brown. Like the good Stepford wife I am, I knew this one. Hurrah. I regularly put sliced potatoes in cold salted water to stop them looking manky. I prefer lemon juice for apples.
6. Use as an herbicide. Especially for weeds and grass growing in cracks of cement or in between patio stones. Sprinkle salt and pour hot water over the area or leave the salt to stand overnight and then pour more hot water on it. Sure beats using chemicals.
It’s good to know this common household item has so many worthwhile uses. To read the full article, click here.