Using Salt

August 24, 2004

Too many suds in your dishwater? Sprinkle a little salt on them and they will subside in no time.

Use salt to clean your cutting board. Just sprinkle a little on a wet cutting board and scrub. There usually is a shaker of salt handy in the kitchen, you don't have to just use it for food.


Spilled some grease? When you spill some grease on your counter or stove top sprinkle a little salt on it and it will be easier to clean up.

Salt for carpet stains. Sprinkle salt on carpet stains, let sit for an hour and vacuum the salt up.

Salt for perspiration stains. Make strong salt water by diluting 1 cup salt to each gallon of water and soak shirts with perspiration stains. Or if you don't want to use as much salt you can create a solution with 4 Tablespoons salt and 1 quart of water and apply this solution directly to the perspiration stain with a rag.

What are other salt uses? Post your ideas below!

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
May 2, 2012

When it comes to one product with the most household uses, vinegar makes a nice showing but table salt comes out on top. From cooking to cleaning, there's a large list of uses for the cheaply priced mineral. It's no wonder wars broke out because of it.

Sea Salt on Wooden Table

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Instead of buying expensive products (for example, Weed Begone) to get rid of weeds and grass coming up in between patio blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks. Sprinkle with water or wait for the rain to wet it down.

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January 22, 2010

If you are a bachelor, consider this: Buy a 4 liter milk jug instead of a 2 liter milk jug. Get your money's worth. When you open it, put a pinch of salt in it then shake. Your milk will last 2 weeks past the expired date.

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April 23, 2009

After cutting or chopping onions, wet your hands, sprinkle salt generously in the palm of one hand and scrub your hands together with the salt. Rinse with water and the onion smell will be gone.

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You can add a pinch of salt to your coffee grounds pre-brew to curb the bitterness in your coffee. You can slow sprinkle the tiniest amount of salt in your tonic water to to kill that harsh bitterness of quinine. Try it anything you find slightly overpowering in the bitterness department. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Coffee grounds with salt added.

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To help cut odors off your wooden cutting board, simply pour a generous amount of salt directly on the board. Rub lightly with a damp cloth. Wash in warm, sudsy water.

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Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

Can salt be used to kill weeds, blackberry bushes, and grass in places you don't want it? (We have 6 dogs and prefer not to use chemicals/poisons from the store, to avoid any contamination to my babies).

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Kim Brady from Lusby, MD


March 21, 20110 found this helpful

My Dad used to pour boiling water over weeds and it killed them every time.

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful

I have used straight white vinegar with good success.

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July 23, 2012

I live in an apartment and every rain season my weeds grow crazy (3ft) high or more. I have and big tarp, meant for use in the driveway for cars. I try to prevent them from growing with the tarp. So my question is how often and how much do I use salt for weeds? My backyard is 12ft by 30ft.

By Lisa


July 24, 20120 found this helpful

If you are renting don't worry about your landlord's weeds. They are his responsibility and if he doesn't care what his property looks like, that is his problem. If they get too bad, they city will get after him.

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

Enough salt will prevent anything from ever growing there. You could also use something like Round-Up to kill the weeds. Then sprinkle a pre-emergent like Preen to prevent any seeds from germinating. I have also heard that just pouring boiling water on weeds will kill them. Certainly a lot cheaper.

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August 6, 2011

Will table salt harm my tomato and squash plants if I use it to kill the grass by my plants?

By Cheryl


August 7, 20110 found this helpful

In a word...yes. You are much better off to use a hoe, or hand weed around the plants. It will take a little time, but is better for your plants and your garden (salt may prevent other things from growing for one or more seasons, depending on how much you use and how you apply it.) Once you weed, you can use mulch to discourage the weeds from coming back. That and a few minutes of hand-weeding each week will keep your plants looking great!

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March 20, 2011

I saw some of your members advice about killing weeds and grass. I had a question about using salt. I have an area that is 8' x 24' and filled with pea gravel. I have a problem with weeds and grass growing in the area. I was wondering if anyone knows if I use the salt to kill it, will the salt effect a ceder elm and a lady banks rose I have growing on each end of the area.

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January 22, 2010

When you open a new container of milk, put in a tiny amount of salt in it. This will keep the milk fresh much longer.

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April 23, 2009

I believe everyone has had this happen. When chopping onions, my hands would have a strong odor of onions for hours, even after repeatedly washing them.

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