Jun 10, 2021 | Salt Sense

10 surprising uses for salt

Here are some old folk-law uses for salt. We haven’t tried them all, let us know if they work for you by tweeting us @saltsenseuk

1. Keep milk fresh

Want to make your milk last longer? Add a pinch of salt to your bottle and shake well.

2. Revive overbrewed coffee

Is your coffee to bitter? Add a pinch of salt to improve the flavour.

3. Relieve your sore throat

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of salt with warm water and gargle.  A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less and it can also remove bacteria and fungi from the throat.

4. Peel eggs more easily

To make peeling your hard boiled eggs easier, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water before boiling.

5. Test the freshness of an egg

Place an egg in a cup containing 2 teaspoons of salt and water. A fresh egg will sink and an old one will float.

6. Remove stains

After blotting up as much spilled wine as possible, pour salt on top to absorb the excess liquid.

7. Eliminate odours

Pour salt in the offending shoes and let them sit overnight.  The salt will absorb excess moisture and odour along with it.

8. Keep windows frost-free

To keep frost from accumulating on the windows in your home and your car, dip a sponge in salty water and run it over the inside and outside of the glass, then rub dry with a soft cloth.

9/ Reduce eye puffiness

Mix a pinch of salt in hot water and applying it to puffy, swollen areas around your eyes with a cotton pad. The salt will help draw out the moisture and tighten the skin.

10. Give your skin a glow

Massage a mixture of salt and olive oil into your skin in circular motions, leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off. The massage increases circulation to your skin, the olive oil moisturises and the salt buffs away dead skin cells.

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