Cleaning Holes on Mini Salt Shaker

I have a mini salt shaker that I haven't used in quite awhile. The holes are clogged with salt. How do I unplug it so I can use it again? The salt is rock hard. I tried using a toothpick to no avail. Very hot water didn't work either. Any suggestions on how to get it free flowing again? Thanks.


By Kathy from Sylvania, OH

February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Try letting it soak for a few hours to soften the salt, and then use either a soft tooth brush to scrub the holes (may have to re-soak). Or try using a sewing needles after it has soaked.

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Anonymous Flag
March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Was going to say the same as Scottish Yankee but was going to suggest a toothpick, wooden or plastic ;-)

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Try soaking the top in straight white vinegar for a few days or even longer.

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

A bulletin board pushpin has a nice "handle" to manually unclog salt shaker holes. I keep one on a fridge magnet for easy access!

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

This is a solution for "before" the shaker gets clogged. I always put rice in all of my salt shakers so it absorbs the humidity which causes the shakers to clog. My mother was the one who taught this to me.

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