Natural Simple Uses for Salt

Before we delve into the good uses for salt, remember that all the experts tell us to ......

Why?  because in large quantities it is bad for us.   

Some salt is required to stay healthy, and these same experts reckon between 1,000 to 1,500mg is sufficient to accomplish all the vital functions that sodium performs in the body, namely:

  • help maintain normal fluid levels

  • help maintain healthy muscle

  • help maintain function and proper acidity of the blood

However,  salt or sodium, whatever you prefer to call it,  it has some really simple uses for common household problems, and also some natural home remedies for day to day non life threatening problems.

Salt Substitute

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon origanum

Mix well in a mortar and pestle and transfer to a salt cellar, add a few grains of rice to keep the mixture dry.

Household Uses for Salt


Restore the original condition of your old sponges by soaking them in cold saltwater for an hour or so.


Boil any yellowed laundry in a solution of salt, baking power and water, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Sour Milk

In warm weather, when milk tends to sour sooner, add a pinch of salt and it will keep longer.

Burnt Pots

Fill the burnt pot with a strong solution of salt dissolved  in water and allow to stand for a few hours.   The burnt bits will come off easily.

Artificial Flower Cleaner

Clean artificial flowers by shaking them in a large paper bag with half a cup of salt.

Oven Spills

Cover fresh oven spills with salt, allow to stand for 15 to 20 minutes and then wipe.    Follow the same procedure when you drop grease or raw egg on the floor.

Weed Killer

Kill unwanted, unsightly weeds by spraying with salt water.

Red Wine Spill

One of the most famous uses for salt is this one, and  if you don't know about it yet then this is what you do. 

Sprinkle a generous portion of salt onto the spill and leave for a few minutes.   The salt will absorb most of the wine before you wash the stain.

Tea and Salt

Just a pinch of salt in a pot of tea will make it draw better and will also add a special taste to the tea.

Onion Odor

Can't stand the pong of onions on your hands after cutting them for cooking?  

Then wash your hands with salt water immediately after working with onions and the odor will go.

Home Remedies for Salt

And then we have some really simple uses for salt that we can use for small day to day issues that we might have with our bodies, check them out and try them out.

Tired Muscles

Add some salt to your bath, the old folks say this works.

Blocked Nasal Passages

Clean out blocked nasal passages by making a solution of salt and water and cupping into your hand, sniff into each nostril.

This helps for bronchitis, colds, flu and any form of snotty, stuffy noses.

Corns and Calluses

Mix 3 parts salt with one part water.

Soak your feet in warm to water to soften and use this mixture as a natural scrub for your corns and calluses.


The old folks have used salt as a home remedy for dandruff for centuries, try it and we are sure that you will find that it works!

Athletes Foot

Mix 2 teaspoons of salt per pint of warm water and soak your feet in this solution at least twice a day.

This solution will get into all the nooks and crannies  and create an unpleasant breeding ground for this fungus.

Healthy Gums

Want to keep your gums healthy and clean? I am sure you do,  then rinse your mouth daily in a solution of a teaspoon of salt in a cup water.

Sensitive Teeth

Mix half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of tepid water, hold a mouthful for awhile, then squish it around and spit out.   Do this when you are on your own in the bathroom (ha ha) after each meal and again at bedtime.

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