Just a pinch of it. Take this with a grain of it. Are you worth yours? Rub it in your wound. Do you know what I'm talking about? Salt! You can't live without it, but it's more than just a topping for popcorn.
10 surprisingly good uses for salt:
- Deter ants - Sprinkle salt in doorways, on window sills and anywhere else ants use to sneak into your house. It’s a sure way to keep them out!
- Kill grass and weeds growing in cracks in your driveway - Tired of weeding your driveway? Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Not only is this a highly effective way to kill unwanted plants, it’s also eco-friendly and cheap.
- Say goodbye to fleas - If your dogs have fleas, simply wash their doghouse and blankets in salt water. If you’re worried your dogs may have brought fleas into your house, simply sprinkle your carpets lightly with salt and then brush it in. Leave it for 12 hours and vacuum thoroughly.
- Pick up a dropped egg - If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.
- Clean up oven spills quickly - If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, pour a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke, smell and, most importantly, will bake into a crust that makes the mess easier to clean once it’s cooled.
- Clean brown spots off your iron - Simply sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it and rub lightly with silver polish. Your iron will look like brand-new in no time.
- Remove stains from your coffee pot - Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse. Your coffee pot will look brand new.
- Keep your windshield frost-free - Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up even when the mercury drops below zero.
- Shell nuts more easily - Soak pecans and walnuts in salt water for a few hours before shelling them. Doing so will make it easier to remove the meat.
- Drip-proof candles - If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well, they won’t drip when you burn them.
- Tame a wild BBQ - Toss a bit of salt on the flames caused by fat dripping from the grill. It’ll reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water would).
- Soothe a bee sting - Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.
- Stop a grease fire - Pouring salt on top of a grease fire will smother it. Completely.
- Cooking tip - If a soup or stew is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.