Vinegar as everyone knows is great for cleaning, but also salt is great for cleaning too.
1. If you have some lovely cast iron cookware, this is a great way to clean it: fill the bottom of the pot/pan with oil, heat it up a little and then add a few tablespoons of course salt. This will form a paste, which you can use to scrub. Rinse with hot water and then wipe dry. Easy and very effective
2. To clean enamel cookware, a paste of equal parts salt and vinegar will do a fantastic job.
3. If you have over cooked your food and burnt the bottom of your pan, apply a sprinkling of salt as soon as you have finished with the pan. This will help loads when your’e doing the washing up.
4. To deal with that extra-greasy pan, add a bit of salt and then use a cloth to buff. Follow with a normal wash.
5. Clean oven spills with a mixture of mostly salt and a dash of cinnamon. Keep this mixture by your oven so that you can cover spills (both inside and stove top) as soon as they happen. The salt will absorb the liquid and both salt and cinnamon will fight any smells. Wait to cool completely before wiping away with water.
6. To clean your coffee maker’s coffee pot, add a few tablespoons of salt to the water, switch on and bring to boil.
7. To remove stubborn tea and coffee stains from cups, use a sponge to rub them with a paste made from salt and vinegar. Rinse with water.
8. To shine most metals (steel, silver, gold and pewter), make a paste from equal parts salt, flour and vinegar. Use a cloth to rub it on, let it sit for an hour, then rinse with water and buff dry with a clean dry cloth .
9. Shine up your chrome (sink and basin taps and other fixtures) with a mixture made from 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Buff with a clean dry cloth then rinse with water and wipe dry.
10. To shine up copper and brass, take half a lemon, squeeze out the juice, then sprinkle salt inside the rind. Rub this all over the brass/copper, then rinse with water and wipe dry.
11. To remove the tarnish from your pieces of real silver, put a piece of aluminum foil over the bottom of a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda, fill with water and drop the silver in. Bring to the boil and let boil for about 5 minutes. Leave to cool and then rinse. You will be amazed at the results and it’s so easy!!
12. To remove rust from metal, make a paste from salt, cream of tartar and water. Apply the paste and then let the item sit in the sun to dry. Buff clean. Wow!!
13. Keep your sponges fresher, longer, by soaking them in a saltwater solution after cleaning with them.
14. Clean out your refrigerator with a simple mixture of salt and soda water. It works, and there’s no strange smells to infiltrate your food.
15. Buff and brighten your cutting boards once in a while after using them. Just rub with a damp clean cloth dipped in salt.
16. To deal with water cup rings or other marks on the surface of your wooden furniture, make a paste of vegetable oil and salt. Use a cloth to rub it in, then use a clean cloth to wipe it off. This can also work for treating nicks and dents.
17. Treat your carpet stains with a paste of 1/4 cup salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Rub it in, allow to dry and then vacuum up.
18. To treat mildew stains on cloth, make a paste of equal parts salt and lemon juice. Apply this to the stain and then hang in the sun to dry. Follow with normal washing.
19. Freshen and whiten your faded or yellowed linens by boiling them in a salt and baking soda solution. In a washing tub or large pot, add 5 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Boil for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove and rinse in cold water.
20. Remove soap scum from bathroom tiles by scrubbing with a solution of 1 part salt in 4 parts vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.