SURPRISING USES FOR SALT

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Pick up a dropped egg. If an egg breaks on the
kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it
there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.

Clean up oven spills. If food boils over onto the
oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and
odor from forming. When the oven is cool, it’ll be
easy to brush away the spot.

Set color. If a dye may run, soak the garment for
an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you’ve
added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If rinse
water shows color, repeat. This is good for a
single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is
multicolored, dry-clean it. (American-made fabrics
are unlikely to run, but fabrics from abroad are
sometimes risky.)

Make cream whip more easily and egg whites
whip faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt.
Test for rotten eggs. Put an egg in a cup of water
to which you’ve added two teaspoons of salt.
A fresh egg will sink, but one that’s iffy will float.

Clean the brown spots (from starch) off a nonstick
soleplate (the bottom of your iron). Sprinkle salt on
a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it, then
rub lightly with silver polish.

Clean a glass coffee pot. Fill it with 1/4 cup of
table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture
around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold
water and rinse.

Clean artificial flowers. Put them in a bag of salt
and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the
salt and you’ll see what you’ve accomplished.

Keep windows frost-free. Dip a sponge into salt
water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost
up even when the mercury dips below 32 degrees;
for the same effect on your car’s windshield, put
salt in a little bag made of cheesecloth, moisten it
slightly and rub it on.

Clean tarnished copper. Fill a 16-ounce spray
bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons
of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly,
then rub clean. (Don’t do this to lacquered copper.)

Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups.
Rub them with salt.

Keep potatoes and apples from turning brown
once they’re sliced. Put them in salted cold water.
Clean a cutting board. Cover it with bleach and
salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very
hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each use