There are a variety of products available that can be used to clean and maintain households. These products can be expensive and costs add up quickly over time depending on usage. In order to manage this, there are individuals who choose to use low cost organic products to clean their homes. However, there's still another option, one that costs very little year over year. That option is salt. It's a versatile product that be used for cooking or even to power a molten salt reactor. Amazing, right? Using it to create products that can be used in the home is key to saving money, time and effort. The chemical make up of some of the store bought products means they aren't safe to be around small children due to safety concerns or the fumes may be harmful to one's health.

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Here are a few suggested methods of using salt as an alternative cleaning solution.

Unclog blocked drains

Over time, bathroom sinks can become clogged with a combination of hair, soap and toothpaste. The result is poor drainage if nothing is done to remedy this. Typically, a store bought unclogging product such as Drano is a great way to remove the mess. However, a less expensive option is to mix one cup each of salt and baking soda with half a cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it sit for up to 15 minutes. Finish up by pouring boiling water down the drain to flush out the clog.

Fight mildew in bathrooms

Due to the frequent use of water in bathtubs, it's easy for mildew to grow if not cleaned regularly. If mildew does appear, a quick way to clean and disinfect the area is to mix salt and lemon juice together (in a one to one ratio) and then wipe affected areas with the mixture.

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The combined acidic properties in lemon and the gentle abrasion salt provides, aid in disinfecting and removing odors caused by mildew buildup

Effectively clean ovens

Despite the best of intentions, spills happen when cooking in an oven. To avoid having to use oven cleaners that are time consuming and have strong fumes, sprinkle salt on a spill as soon as it happens and be sure to cover it completely. Once cooking is complete and the oven has cooled down, cleanup is as easy as simply wiping away the salt and the resulting ash.

Stain removal for laundry

People no longer have to throw away clothes that have been badly stained or soak clothing for hours before washing. Instead of buying expensive stain removal products, use salt to combat stains. For instance, perspiration stains can be removed by mixing four tablespoons of salt with one litre of hot water. Use a sponge to wipe the affected area until the stain disappears.

Clean irons stained from frequent use

Over time irons can accumulate buildup that reduces their efficiency. To help with this problem, sprinkle a handful of salt on an ironing board and run the iron over top. The iron should be turned off. The abrasive makeup of the salt will begin to gently breakdown the build up and restore it to its former state. #Environment