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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.

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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
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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