It's Not Just A Seasoning

Posted By: Ann Richards · 1/17/2013 6:48:00 PM

Guess what seasoning can be used to keep clothes looking new?  It can also be used to clean away stains.

You ever buy a pair of dark colored pants just to have them fade to a color you don’t want to wear?  That recently happened to my favorite pair of jeans.  So, from now on, I’m going to salt my dark clothes before I wash them for the first time.

Here’s how to set the color in new clothes and towels:

Mix together ½ gallon water, ½ cup vinegar, and ½ cup salt …

Soak the garment or towel oin the mixture for one hour then rinse …

If the rinse water has any color in it … repeat the process …

You can also use salt as a pre-treatment for stains on clothing.  If you drop sauce or dressing on your clothes, quickly sprinkle a little salt on the still damp sauce or dressing.  Then, throw the piece of clothing in the washing machine and wash as usual.

Salt and cinnamon sprinkled on oven spills will take the burned food odor away.   Simply sprinkle spills with salt and cinnamon while the oven or burners are still hot.  Once the spill dries, remove the salted spots with a stiffbrush or clothe.

Salt can also be used to keep salad greens crisp.  Lettuce and spinach stored in a salt water bath in the fridge will stay crisp.  Just rinse and serve.

And, have you ever over-salted soup?  Next time that happens, try cutting up a raw potato or two and dropping the potato chunks into the soup.  The potato will absorb the excess salt.

Here’s my favorite use for salt.  Have you heard of halotherapy?  This is the breathing in of microscopic salt particles to relieve respiratory problems.  People have been doing this for some time now.  Researchers say it works.  Salt can actually help you deal with a cold or breathing problems.  Some people have even built salt rooms or caves in their homes.    Doctors say the principle behind the therapy is similar to many popular nasal sprays and washes that use salt to help with decongestion.

The objective of a salt cave is to reconstruct the microclimate of the sea in a spa setting and to provide a place to sit, and relax.   For more than thirty years, Eastern Europeans have believed in salt spas as a way to relieve asthma, hypertension and ulcers .

I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, however, I think a salt cave is in my near future. 

If you have any special uses for salt, I’d love to hear them.

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