So many cleaning products on the market are full of dangerous chemicals that can harm both the environment and your health. They are also expensive. So why not look to the past for both inexpensive and healthier alternatives? Over the next few weeks, we're going to look at ways to use common household products to clean your home. This week, we'll look at general uses for plain old table salt.
· Soak clothes in salty water as soon as possible to get rid of bloodstains.
· Make a paste of salt, vinegar and flour to clean copper, brass and pewter.
· Use to clean a stained coffeepot or mug.
· Soak sponges and cleaning cloths in salty water to freshen.
· Soak enameled pans in salty water, then boil salt water to remove dried on food. Do NOT use on chipped pots or metal pots.
· Soak discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
· Remove odors from drains by running hot salt water through them.
· Add salt to the water in your washing machine to remove soap scum and hold colors.
· Mix salt and lemon juice to remove mildew.
· If you spill something in your oven, pour salt over the liquid, then let the oven cool. The mess will form into a dry, light crust that will wipe up easily.