Are you interested in more eco-friendly cleaning methods? Looking for some ways to green your your house cleaning without breaking the bank? Then you will love these simple ways you can start cleaning with salt! These chemical free frugal cleaning tips were reprinted with permission from The Two Maids VIP Newsletter. I think you will be impressed with all the ways you can clean with just salt and water!
Best Salt For Cleaning
Any type of salt (also known as sodium chloride) will work as a cleaning agent so you may as well use a cheap salt that you already have on hand such as table salt or kosher salt.
When you think about it, you are probably familiar with salt water or saline being used as a a natural disinfectant for such things as eye drops. Salt does have antibacterial properties and it does kill some types of bacteria. As Sciencing points out, “While not all bacteria can be killed with salt, many can be because of its dehydrating effects on the bacterial cells.”
How To Clean With Just Salt and Water
How do you clean your house with salt?
There are plenty of ways to clean your house. A quick stroll down the cleaning services aisle in your local grocery store will prove that there’s more than one way to clean something. I’ve always been a big fan of the frugal, eco-friendly approach. It doesn’t get much cheaper than some cheap table salt and free tap water. Salt has anti-bacterial properties. Here are seven creative ways to use nothing but salt & water to clean around your house.
1. How to clean a burnt pan with salt.
If you burn food in a metal pot or pan, add salt immediately after removing the food to help the burnt bits loosen easier. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before you scrub.
2. Oven and Stove Stain Annihilator.
Cover spills immediately with salt. Let stand for a few minutes and then wipe up. The salt absorbs the liquids and helps loosen them from the surface. Salt is especially effective at absorbing grease and oils.
3. Dish Duty.
If you run out of dish soap, sprinkle about a tablespoon into a sink full of water and just make sure to rinse the dishes well afterwards. Because salt water dries out your skin, be sure to wear gloves or use moisturizer afterwards.
4. Mildew Manager.
Mix one part salt and one part lemon juice and apply to mildew in bathrooms and kitchens.
5. Countertop Cleaner.
Dip a cloth in vinegar and then in salt. Rub over countertops to erase tea and coffee stains.
6. Shine Time.
Mix together equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar and apply to brass, copper, or even gold with a cloth. Let sit for an hour, wipe off, and buff. Sometimes you will hear of people using salt and vinegar to clean pennies in this way.
7. Red Wine Remediation.
If red wine is spilled on a rug or carpeting, immediately blot up all moisture and then sprinkle the area with salt. The salt should absorb any remaining wine in about 15 minutes. Wipe up the salt and clean the area with a mixture of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water. Moisten and blot. Moisten and blot.
8. Cleaning Cast Iron With Salt.
Pour 1/2 cup of kosher salt into warm, dirty cast iron pan and use an old dish rag to scrub the pan clean. Brush salt out and discard. Rinse with hot water and dry completely.
9. Clean Drains.
Salt water is a great scouring agent to remove grease build up and odors from you kitchen sink. Mix 8 tbsp of salt with two quarts of boiling water and pour down your kitchen sink drain.
10. Sweat Stains.
Because of the ionic nature of salt, it is great at drawing out stains caused by perspiration. Add 1 tbsp of salt to 1 cup of very hot water. Stir to dissolve. Then apply to sweat stains. Allow to sit for 30 seconds and sponge the area until stain fades.
I hope you enjoyed this tips for how to clean with just salt and water. Have you tried any of these cleaning tips before?