The sodium-packed table flavoring we all take for granted has far more uses than adding taste to food.
1. In the garden. As it turns out, most ugly garden beasties don't care much for salt. Get rid of poison ivy by spraying leaves and roots with salty water. The next time you get a bee sting, rinse it with water and cover it with salt to soothe away the pinch. Use salt and hot water to kill grass and weeds growing in between the concrete on your sidewalk or driveway.
2. In the kitchen. Keep a bag nearby while cooking to serve as an extinguisher to grease fires. Not sure about those expired eggs? Add two teaspoons of salt to some water and crack an egg in the bowl. An edible egg will sink whereas a bad egg floats. When your food boils over, there's no need to dread cleaning it afterward. Sprinkle salt on the stovetop and it will be a breeze to wipe down after cooling.
3. As a preservative. You can prevent cut potatoes and apples from turning brown by soaking them in cold salt water? Make sure you buy Kosher salt or pickling salt when you use it as a preservative.
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4. As a health and beauty tool. Sore throats cry out for a saltwater gargle. Repeat throughout the day to reduce inflammation. Add salt and baking soda to your toothpaste to whiten teeth and give a fresh clean feeling. Ease the day's stress on your tired feet with a salt and water soak. To ditch those tired, puffy eyes mix 1/2 teaspoon salt in one pint of hot water, soak pads in the solution, and lay over eyes.
5. Add pizzazz to food. By adding a bit of salt to salads, poultry, whipping cream, milk, gelatin, baked goods and even coffee you'll increase flavor and prevent rapid spoiling. Always boil food in salted water to increase the boiling temperature, thus reducing cooking time and improving flavor in starchy goods like potatoes and noodles.
- Ashley Grimaldo,