Salt does more than just flavor your food and prevent you from slipping on ice. This essential condiment can be found in any household, so it's best to know all its uses to get the most out of your table salt.
I usually buy mine in bulk at Costco for a super cheap price. I've saved a ton of money using it creatively, and I encourage you to try at least a few of these clever salt hacks.
Number 8 is my favorite!
1. Pour it down the drain
I have to unclog a drain in my house at least once a week. Hair gets stuck in the drain in the bathroom, and food gets stuck in the kitchen sink. It's an endless struggle, and my family hates the smell of liquid drain cleaner. Luckily, I stumbled upon a natural concoction that's worked perfectly.
Clear the drain as much as you can, then pour 1/4 cup of baking soda and the same amount of table salt in a bowl. Mix those two ingredients and pour it straight into the sink. Then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the sink. Wait for at least half an hour, and then rinse with hot water.
2. Remove the stink from your shoes
No matter how clean your feet are, your shoes will start to smell overtime.
Sprinkle some salt in your shoes, and let it sit for at least a night. You can also add baking soda to create a more powerful anti-odor mixture. Salt will not only absorb the smell, it will also deter bugs from nesting in your shoes.
3. Get rid of ants
Speaking of bugs, salt is also great for deterring ants from taking over your home. If there's a certain place that ants love to hang out in your home, sprinkle some salt there. You can also make a solution containing one part salt and four parts water to spray on any place you think would become inhabited with these little critters.
4. Remove bubbles while doing the dishes
While bubbles are fun, they don't help get the job done when you're trying to wash your dishes. In order to see to the bottom of your kitchen sink, sprinkle a pinch of salt.
5. Stopping a fire
Get ready to save the day with some table salt! Pour a generous amount of the condiment directly on the flame and it will extinguish immediately.
Life hack: Always keep a bottle of table salt around when you're out barbecuing.