What to Know About Using Salt as a Cleaner

March 19, 2019 12:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Salt isn’t just used in cooking and baking—there are plenty of other applications for salt around your home, including using it as a cleaner in a variety of settings. Here are just a few examples from a cleaning service in Fort Wayne, IN of some ways you can effectively use salt as a cleaner in your home:

  • Kitchen drains: Have you noticed foul smells emanating from the drain in your kitchen sink? One popular and simple way of cleaning out that drain is to create a mixture of hot water and salt and pour it down the sink. This helps to curb grease buildup and cut down on some of the odors you’re noticing.
  • Prevent fruit from browning: You can create a saltwater brine and soak peeled pears, apples or other fruits in the mixture for a few minutes. You then let them dry and store them in an airtight container. This will prevent the fruit from browning as it otherwise would when refrigerated or stored after being cut.
  • Cleaning the oven: There are some types of dishes that can bubble over or create messes when they’re baked, which can lead to the bottom of the oven getting caked with crusty food remains. To make cleanup of those spills a bit easier, you can sprinkle a small amount of salt on the spill as soon as you notice it to form a crust that makes the mess easier to clean up after it cools off.
  • Removing harsh stains in clothes: If you have stains from wine, sweat, blood or other particularly stubborn substances, you can use saltwater mixtures to clean those stains. With blood, you can soak the fabric in a cold saltwater bath, then wash it in warm, soapy water before boiling the clothes afterward to remove the stain. With wine, blot the spot and cover it with a pile of salt for 30 minutes before throwing it into the laundry machine. For sweat, use a few tablespoons of salt combined with hot water.
  • Prevent clothes from freezing while drying in winter: If you like to hang up your laundry to dry outside even in the winter months, you can prevent your clothes from freezing on the line by adding a pinch of salt into the final laundry rinse.
  • Brighten your clothes: You can dip a washcloth into a strong saltwater mixture to rub on certain types of clothes and fabrics to brighten up the colors a bit.
  • Remove rust: If you have problems with rust building up on specific items or surfaces, you can combine water, cream of tartar and salt to make a homemade paste that you rub onto the rusted item. Let the mixture dry, then brush it off and buff it out with a dry cloth.
  • Remove water rings: If you see water rings building up on wooden tables or desks, you can create a mixture of salt and vegetable oil and use it to buff out those rings.

For more tips, contact Pro Clean Building Services, Inc. to schedule an appointment with our cleaning service in Fort Wayne, IN.

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