Does it Work? DIY uses for SALT
Salt has so many uses.Â Besides making those potato chips so irresistible, it can be a highly effective and chemical free way to approach many of your daily tasks around the home.Â I recently left my high paying job in Seattle to find a different way to live so I could be available to raise my kids.Â I have had to become clever both in my use of finances and resources.Â When we first moved into our new home our stove didnâ€™t work for a whole week!Â I spent countless hours on-line trying to figure out how I could cook meals around the clock for my family in a crock pot until it was fixed.Â Thankfully there is a never ending supply of crock pot recipes and we fared really well (and I am proud to say I can now bake a cake in a crock pot).
So now I am always researching new ways to improve my conditions, use what I have on hand, and stop paying for things I donâ€™t need to.Â I am surprised at what I find out there being touted as a DIY remedy for this and that, and I am also surprised when sadly some of them donâ€™t work or at least donâ€™t perform to my satisfaction ( I am kind of picky that way).Â Today I am going to share my top uses for salt that I have personally used and was left impressed! (and the bogus ones too)
Laundry:Â Keeping Colors Crisp: I hate when my colors fade in clothes and it seems to happen fast as more manufacturers are using unstable dyes to save money, leaving them dull and faded.Â There are a slew of expensive color-fast products you can purchase, but seriously a Â¼ cup of salt in your colored load works best.Â (even on dark denim ladies)
Coffee Pot Cleaner: I donâ€™t know why a dirty coffee pot makes me feel uggh, but it is high on the life is not right list.Â I have done the vinegar brew thing, and usually always ended in scrubbing.Â But you can actually put ice-cubes (leave room for swishing to happen) and Â¾ cup of salt and swish it around for like 5 minutes (if that, and to get the top cleaned I flipped the pot upside down and swirled). Then rinse it out.Â Crystal clean SO EASY. *Tip for the outside I took a washcloth wet it with cold water and about 2 TBS of salt and wiped around the outside and rim.
Weed Killer: Do you know how much a little bottle of Round-up is?Â I now live where in the summer it feels like the weeds grow upÂ overnight.Â I especially hateÂ myÂ fence line, where the mower doesnâ€™t reach and I am afraid of whacking my fence all up with the weed eater.Â Save a milk jug (or go bigger if you need to) and mix 3 cups of salt and hot water (I bring mine almost to a boil) and then get out there fast and pour it where you donâ€™t want weeds.Â *NOTE:Â I learned the hard way, donâ€™t think salt is smart and knows to only kill the weeds and not the dahliaâ€™s you are pouring it next too.Â So just use caution.Â I have seen some people post to actually pour the salt on the area then pour hot water over.Â Whatever works best for you (but that seemed like a lot of salt to use), key is the water has to be HOT.
Oven Spills: There may be nothing I hate more than cleaning an oven, I donâ€™t care if you have a â€œself-cleaningâ€ oven I still hate wiping it out.Â So I try to minimize the spills, but occasionally that ooey-gooey caramel apple pie stuff is going to make a break for it and land on your pristine oven floor.Â If you donâ€™t kick it out, it will become part of your family by becoming a charred air freshener that ignites itself every time you turn on your oven.Â When it happens pop the door open, douse it in salt (donâ€™t hold back) and it can pretty much wipe it off after you pull that pie out.
Tried but NOT True:
I am putting a disclaimer here that maybe, just maybe I did something wrongâ€¦but I feel like it isnâ€™t rocket science, so you knowâ€¦
Pest Control: I tried SALT as an ant deterrent in my windows.Â We have some small ants that like to come in during the spring and they are not welcome.Â Saltâ€¦completely ineffective.Â (you know what did work? A little bowl of cinnamon and whole clovesâ€¦and it smelled nice too, but you know-not to the ants they think it smelled icky)
Keeping your car windows frost free:Â Yes after the first application it helped, but pretty much you have to do it every night for a minimal benefit.Â Just use a credit card like the rest of us!
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