Tuesday, July 11 2017
Many of us tend to pick up toxic, chemical cleaners to get rid of tough stains in the house. However, one of the most simple and essential ingredients in the kitchen, salt, can do the same trick.
Here are some salt hacks you can use to clean the stubborn gunk and stains accumulated over time!
Red Wine Carpet Stains + Salt
Soak up as much liquid from the carpet as possible before covering the stained area with salt. Let the salt sit for 15 minutes to absorb the remaining wine in the carpet. You may need to follow up with a water-vinegar mixture if a slight pinkish stain is still there.
Wooden Cutting Board with Lemon + Salt
Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the board. Cut a lemon in half and use the flat surface to scrub (in circular motions) the cutting board. While the lemon deodorizes meaty and fishy smells, salt disinfects the bacteria on the surface, all while scrubbing away additional unwanted gunk!
Gunky Pan with Potato + Salt
Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto an iron cast pan, cut a potato in half, and directly scrub the pan in circular motions. Potatoes contain a non-toxic acid called oxalic acid which forms compounds with iron ions and helps break down the rust and gunk!
Hard Water Stain Remover with Salt + Vinegar
Combine 3 cups vinegar and 1 cup epsom salt to remove the toughest hard water stains commonly found in bathroom tubs, toilets, and sinks. Add a few drops of dish soap or essential oil for a more pleasant cleaner scent if desired!
Mildew on Shower Curtains with Salt Water
First, wash the shower curtain in the washing machine (½ amount of detergent + 1 cup of vinegar + a few extra towels for a good scrubbing is recommended). After washing, place curtains in a tub, add enough water to cover them and 1 cup of salt. Let soak for 3 hours and hang to dry.