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While you may think of salt as simply a white granular food seasoning, there are many more uses for salt. It is true; salt does accent the flavor of meat, brings out the individuality of vegetables, and deepens the flavor of delicate desserts. No other seasoning has yet been found that can satisfactorily take the place of salt.

Table Salt

Table Salt

Salt also has many other uses around the house and for this reason I find salt is an essential pantry ingredient. When doing the dishes salt will remove tea and coffee stains from light colored cups and mugs. Just rub the stained areas with salt and a little water. Wash as usual.

Salt can be used to clean a copper bottom pan. Spritz the bottom of the pan with white vinegar. Let sit until you see the tarnish evaporating. Sprinkle salt on top of the vinegar and scrub the entire surface with a no scratch scrub sponge. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time!Add salt to water.

Salt will also extinguish a grease fire. Just toss the salt on a grease fire to smoother the flames.

Cleaning your sink drain. Pour a strong salt brine down the kitchen sink regularly to eliminate odors and keep grease from building up.Fill your sink and add vinegar.

Use salt to clean your wooden cutting board. Clean a wooden cutting board with Dawn dishwashing liquid and a little water. Follow cleaning by dipping a damp cloth in salt and wiping the board until the salt is gone. The salt treatment will leave the board looking, smelling and feeling fresh!Clean your cutting board.

Red Wine Spill. Next time you spill red wine on your tablecloth, immediately blot up all the moisture from the red wine spill, then sprinkle the area with salt and let sit for 15 minutes. Clean the area with a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water.

Did you know you can add ½ cup salt to the wash cycle to prevent colored fabrics from running?Use vinegar in your washing machine.

Need to get rid of a mildew stain? Make a thin past of lemon juice and salt; spread the paste on the mildew stain. Lay the clothing out in the sun to bleach it, then rinse and dry.

Preventing mold. To prevent mold on cheese wrap the cheese in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.

Want a natural way to get rid of weeds? Boil 1 quart of water, then add 2 Tbsp of salt and 5 Tbsp of white vinegar. While the water is hot, pout the mixture directly onto the weeds that creep up between the cracks in sidewalks and in your driveway.

With the many uses of salt you can see why I consider it an essential pantry ingredient!table salt, kosher salt, sea salt, prudent pantryLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

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