9 Unexpected Household Uses for Table Salt

It's an integral part of every meal, but ordinary table salt can do a lot more than add flavor to your food. From cleaning to winter maintenance, salt can do a whole lot around the house. Here are ingenious seven uses for salt that might be new to you.

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  1. Wicker Refresher


    Wicker furniture gets yellow with age. Brighten it again by dipping a brush in a solution of salt water and scrubbing the furniture. Let it dry in the sun and your wicker pieces will look as good as new. Likewise, if you have a straw broom, soak it in hot salty water for about 20 minutes before its first use to extend its lifespan.


  2. Spill Saver


    When something bubbles over on your stove or in the oven, sprinkle some salt on the offending blob before it has a chance to cool. This will keep it from hardening and will make it a lot easier to wipe away.


  3. Banish the Bitter


    If you've left your coffee on the burner longer than you should have and it's gotten bitter tasting, try adding a pinch of salt to your coffee mug before pouring in the brew. It should make it taste a lot more palatable.

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  4. Weed Eater


    If you've got annoying weeds growing up between cracks in the pavement or along the lines in your patio, there's no need to buy expensive weed treatments, or soak your outdoor space in harsh chemicals. Either douse them in a solution of 1 cup of salt boiled in two cups of water, or just put the salt on them directly and it'll get absorbed when it rains.


  5. Salt Scrub


    Salt is a great cleaning aid. For a vase that has a ring of ick inside, rub with salt and then wash away. For mugs and cups with tea or coffee stains, sprinkle a little on a sponge and rub in a circular motion. Polish your brass and copper with a paste made from equal parts salt, flour and vinegar.


  6. Bouquet Brightener


    You never want to put fresh cut flowers in salt water because you'll hasten their demise, but for artificial flowers, like those made of silk, salt can help them look livelier. Simply put them in a paper bag with about ¼ cup of salt, shake and -- voila! -- they'll look as good as new.


  7. Smooth Out Your Iron


    If something has melted onto the smooth metal bottom of your clothes iron known as the soleplate, it can really put a "wrinkle" in your ironing. To remove the offending bump, sprinkle some salt on a newspaper, turn the iron on high, and move it back and forth over the crystals on the paper.


  8. Sweeter Sneakers


    You might have seen advertisements for natural salt underarm deodorants. The same principle that lets salt keep smells at bay on your body will work in your sneakers too -- because it helps fight bacteria. Just sprinkle a little salt into your sneakers or canvas shoes when they need to be freshened up.


  9. Jack Frost Hates Salt


    Salt lowers the temperature at which water freezes and turns into pesky ice, so use it to your advantage. Rub windows in your home with a sponge containing salt water to keep them frost free. Keep salt in a sock in your car. When the temperature looks like it's going to dip, rub the sock over the windshield and you should be frost-free in the morning.