Hey you guys!:)
January is finally over! It was dry and mighty, but we survived and we will live to tell the njaanuary tales, lol. The past month was not all bad all the time, for instance we had the #saltbae or #saltman that brought us to tears with his meat salting technique. The video is about a Turkish restaurant owner who’s a bit extra with how he handles and seasons his meat. In case you missed that, first of all, what hole do you live in?? and 2nd, here’s something to help you get up to speed. In line with this, I thought it would be best to share other salt uses, 10 to be precise, that is of course apart from seasoning your meat.
10 ways to use salt at home
- Remove lipstick marks from glassware. You know how your lip stain at times gets stuck to your glass of water or cup of tea (or glass of wine) and washing doesn’t solve the problem? Well, salt does! Before washing your utensils, rub the edges with a bit of salt using your fingers to erase those stains. Wash as normal, the salt comes right off
- Remove odors from hands. Don’t you just hate it when 15 hours after you cut your onions and garlic your hands still smell of the same? Washing with soap and water works at times, but a mixture of salt and vinegar is sure to do the work and your hands will be smelling fresh in no time.
- Eggs. Ever wonder how your mayai boilo guy is able to remove the shell of your egg without breaking it to a million pieces? Secret’s out! Add a teaspoon of salt to your boiling water and this will make shelling way easier. You could also test egg freshness using salty water. Put two teaspoons of salt in a cup of water and place an egg in it. A fresh egg sinks and an older egg will float. However, this doesn’t mean that the older egg is rotten, just a bit more mature and you should crack the egg in a separate bowl to examine for any funky odor, then you are sure it’s rotten.
- Removal of stains. Salt has been proven to be one of the best stain removers ever known to man. Perspiration stains, you know, those that make your white clothes look yellow cause of all the sweating you’ve done during the hard days of January, come off after using a salt solution. Add a couple of tablespoons of salt into hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until the stains fade. It also removes blood stains. Soak the stained cloth in cold saltwater, then wash in warm, soapy water. You could boil the item after washing to disinfect but only for fabric that can take heat like linen and cotton.
- Clean a gunky iron. Sprinkle some salt on a paper or newspaper leaf and turn the iron to hot. Run the hot iron over the salt to remove the burnt cloth gunk.
- Deter ants and slugs. When I was younger, my grandma would make us pour salt all around the house and I didn’t get why. Apparently, ants don’t like to walk on salt, so by pouring salt in their way, they move and your house becomes ant free. This tip is especially helpful during the hot months, ants tend to try getting into the house. You could also sprinkle some salt on the slugs that crawl around your compound after it has rained and what this does is the salt (being a desiccant) is meant to absorb water from things. Slugs are made of a lot of water they have a far more permeable skin than most animals.The salt sucks up water from its skin and quickly dies from dehydration.
- Oral hygiene. Use one part salt to two parts baking soda to brush your teeth when you run out of toothpaste or want a healthier brushing option. You could also mix equal parts salt and baking soda to gargle your mouth for instant mouth deodorant, especially after you’ve eaten that garlic food or fish. In case of any mouth soreness or wounds, rinse your mouth using a warm weak salt solution once a day and that eases the soreness.
- Deodorize your smelly sneakers. So you made your fabric covered ngomas but with the heat and the dust, now your shoes are smelly af! Sprinkle some salt in your shoe and wait for it to soak up the moisture, do this a bit often until the smell is gone. If the smell is persistent, you might wanna get that checked out by a doctor.
- Keep stove top spills from hardening. When your food bubbles over on your stove top/ gas cooker, sprinkle some salt on the food to prevent it from hardening and makes cleaning up later easier.
- Soft silky skin. Mix salt (sea salt)and olive oil to form a thick paste . Apply it in circular motions over your whole body in the shower or even your face then rinse. Women have used olive oil for centuries to moisturize their skin Salt is great too as it contains a lot of minerals that keep your skin hydrated. Just make sure to do a skin patch test before using.
Did you already know about these uses? How else do you use your salt at home? I’d love to know in the comments below.