Written by Maria Pistocchi — Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The marvellous uses of the salt, part 2

14,000 different uses of the salt, episode two.

In one of our previous articles we showed you how to use the salt. Now, in this second part of the tutorial we want to show you several other tips that we found very useful.


Sometimes you may have the problem to convince ants to live away from your kitchen. So, salt scattered on the shelves or in the hall, take away the ants. In general you shouldn't kill ants because they say that "ants bring bread" - ants are a sign of prosperity.



To fortity the diseased ferns, you can water them with a solution of ½ cup of salt and about 3 liters of warm water.



To remove the ivy that infests walls and tree trunks, you can melt 300 grams of salt in one liter of water and a bit of detergent. Spray it on the ivy with a vaporizer.

Ivy in the garden


To pull out the weeds you can use salt. The salt is very effective against them, but remember that used in large quantities also damage the surrounding soil. The salt should be used only where you do not want to grow plants (access roads, cracks in the sidewalk, around the foundation of the house, and so on). 1 part of salt and 2 parts of water should be fine. You can also sprinkle salt directly on the weeds.


The winter laundry

If you hang out your laundry also in winter, you can prevent freezing of the washed clothes by adding a little salt in water during the final rinse.

The laundry

Windows and windshields

If you rub the inside of a window with a sponge soaked in salt water and then you dry it, the window does not freeze when the temperature goes below zero. If you rub the outside of the windshield with a damp cloth containing salt, you will prevent the accumulation of snow or ice on it.



If you want to remove the damp in the bathroom, prepare ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of salt. Pour these two ingredients in a spray dispenser and mix well before using.


Before using decorative candles, you have to put them in soak for a couple of hours in a saturated solution of water and salt. Dry them well before you turn them on. Candles will not pouring down on your furniture or on your tablecloth.


To remove the soot from the chimney you can, occasionally, throw a handful of salt on the flames of the fireplace. Moreover you will give to flames a nice yellow color.

Broken eggs

Did you happen to break an egg on the kitchen counter or on the floor? It is a real disaster. You have to clean a sticky liquid for several minutes, but remember next time to sprinkle plenty of salt over the broken egg, wait a few minutes until it is dry, then dirt will come off, easily!


Salt, together with flour and vinegar, can create a paste that is good for cleaning all metals of the house. Gold, silver, copper and brass are polished by rubbing with a soft and wet cloth. The compound is divided into equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar, then you have to rinse well and dry carefully.

Metal pots


If you pour a little salt in the canvas shoes, it collects moisture and helps to remove odors.




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