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Salt's Nontraditional Uses

Salt can be used in numerous - and some surprising - ways.
  • Clean silk flower arrangements by placing the flowers in a large bag with salt. Shake the bag until the salt has removed the dust from the flowers.
  • Rub a moist, cloth bag containing salt on a car’s windshield to keep snow and ice from collecting on it.
  • Loosen soot in your chimney with a handful of salt thrown onto flames in your fireplace.
  • Clean brass with a paste made of equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar. Rub the paste on the brass item, leave for an hour, then clean with a soft cloth and buff.
  • Remove or diminish white rings on wood tables by rubbing a thin paste made of salad oil and salt on the spot, letting it stand for several hours, then wiping off.
  • Get rid of rough, sticky spots on an iron by running the hot iron over a piece of paper that has been sprinkled with salt.