Salt and vinegar are two common household products that can give you a lot of help with your household chores. I make no guarantee about the results if you try any of them. But there must be something to these ideas because they have been handed down over the years in many households.
Salt is primarily found underground in rock form or dissolved in the world's oceans and some lakes. Salt is also found on the surface of ancient evaporated seabeds like the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and in Death Valley National Park in California.
Salt is produced using three methods: Rock salt mining, solar evaporation, and vacuum evaporation.
Salt is an excellent cleaning agent by itself or combined with other substances. Below you will find many ways you can use salt.
1. Removing Rings From Tables - White ring left on tables from wet or hot dishes or glasses can be removed by rubbing a thin paste of salad oil and salt on the spot with your fingers, let stand for one to two hours, then wipe.
2. Restore Sponges - Give sponges a new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after washing them.
3. Keeping Patios Weed Free - If weed and unwanted grass come up between your patio blocks, carefully spread salt between them, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.
4. Killing poison Ivy - Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to the leaves and stems with a sprayer.
5. Deodorizing Shoes - Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
6. Cleaning Glass Vases - To remove deposits caused by cut flowers in a vase, rub with salt. If you cannot reach the deposits to rub them out make a strong solution in the vase and shake, then wash the vase with soap and water.
7. Cleaning Brass and Copper - Make a paste of salt and vinegar and rub your tarnished brass or copper to get them back to their original shine. Buff with a dry cloth.
8. Shelling Pecans - Soak pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling. It will make nut meats easier to remove.
9. Removing Onion Ordors From Your Hands: Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.
10. Keeping Milk Fresh - Add a pinch of salt to milk. It will keep it fresh longer.
11. Improving Poultry - To improve the flavor of poultry, rub inside and out with salt before roasting.
12. Yellowed Enameled Bathtub and Lavatories - A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to a yellowed enameled bathtub and lavatory.
13. Flea Infestation In Your Home - Sprinkle the carpet and rugs with salt to help kill any flea eggs. Let stand for several hours, then vacuum. Repeat weekly for 6 weeks.
14. Keep Wicker Furniture From Yellowing - Scrub down your wicker furniture with a stiff bristle brush with salt water, then let it dry in full sunlight.
15. Extending broom life - New brooms will wear longer if soaked in hot saltwater before they are first used.
Vinegar has been used for more than 10,000 years. Through the centuries vinegar has been produced from many other materials, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But the principle remains unchanged - fermentation of natural sugars to alcohol and then secondary fermentation to vinegar. You might say wine is to grapes what vinegar is to wine. The apple cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar are the most common used.
1. Streak free Windows - Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.
2. Clean The Microwave - Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize
3. Remove Refrigerator Smells - Place 1-cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator. Within 2 days, any smell is gone!
4. Shower Doors - Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
5. Kill weeds - Spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until plants have starved.
6. Pest Fighter - A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.
7. Paintbrush Softener - Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar, and then wash out with warm, sudsy water.
8. Frosted Windows - For those rare winter mornings when there is frost on the car, wipe the windows the night before with a solution of one part water to three parts white distilled vinegar. They wonʼt frost over.
9. Freshen Baby Clothes - The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.
10. Cooking Fish - Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep it from crumbling so easily.
11. Flavor Booster - Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your favorite specialty vinegar. It adds flavor and tastes fresher.
12. Soothe A Bee Or Wasp Sting - Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.
13. Relieve Sunburn - Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed
14. Skin burns - Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
15. Toenail fungus - Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.
16. Arthritis Relief - Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.
Seasoning Salt Recipe
12 parts salt
3 parts sugar
3 parts fine ground paprika
3 parts fine ground black pepper
1 parts fine white pepper
1 parts ground cayenne pepper
1 parts celery salt
1 part fine ground thyme
1 part onion powder
1 part garlic powder
Mix ingredients and keep in a sealed jar for longtime storage or a shaker for constant use. Use like salt on hamburgers, chicken, steak, fish, shrimp and French Fries, & etc.