10 Natural & Frugal Kitchen Cleaning Tips using Table Salt



We all have salt in our kitchen to spice up our food, but this very frugal seasoning item, can be very handy in naturally cleaning your kitchen.

Here are 10 great ways you can use Table Salt to clean in your kitchen.

Deodorize Metal and Plastic Water Bottles – Do you send the kids to school with water bottles and they forget to take them out of their backpack?  They can get awfully smelly.  Salt can come to your rescue.

Just fill the bottle with warm water and add some salt.  Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wash thoroughly.  The smell will be gone.

Scour Metal Pots and Pans – If you are having a hard time cleaning out your metal pots, salt can come to your rescue.  Just make a paste of flour, vinegar and salt and scrub.  Then clean and rinse.

Prevent Grease Splatters – Prevent the mess in the first place with this handy tip.  If you are cooking with oil or fat, add a dash of salt to the frying pan to prevent the grease spitting out.  Not only will it keep things cleaner, but will also save you from nasty grease burns.

Clear the Dough off Surfaces – Is your least favorite part of working with pastries, the doughy mess on the counter after rolling it out?  It can be a real pain to scrape it off.  Before scraping, sprinkle it with salt.  Then wipe up immediately.

Remove Lipstick Stains from Cups – Sometimes even the strongest dishwashers don’t get lipstick off of cups.  It may remove the color, but you’ll still see smudges.  Salt can come to the rescue.  Just wet your fingers a bit and then add some salt.  Run your fingers over the rim of the cup and the waxy residue will be gone.

Deep Clean Wooden Cutting Boards – This tip uses coarse salt instead of normal table salt, but is very helpful.  Just sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt.  Then cut a lemon in half and with the cut side down scrub the surface, squeezing slightly to release the juice as you go.  Let it sit for 10 minutes and then scrape off the gray dirty liquid into a bowl.  Rinse with a clean wet sponge and your board is ready to go.

Remove Baked-on Foods from Casserole Dishes  – Casseroles are yummy, but the remains after eating can give the person washing the dishes a headache.  Save some elbow grease and let salt help you out.  Simply add 3 TBSP salt to the dish and fill with boiling water.  Let the dish stand until the water has cooled down and then wash as normal.

Wipe up Stovetop Spills – It seems inevitable during cooking that something spills on your stove.  If that happens, grab the salt and pour it on before the spill hardens.  This makes it much easier to clean up later.  The same trick will work in an oven.  No more nasty chemicals for oven cleaning necessary.

Wash Fresh Spinach – No need to buy expensive organic vegetable cleaner, salt can help you out, at least with spinach.  Just place the fresh spinach in salt water and swish the leaves around.  Then triple rinse.  The salt will help remove the grit that can stay on the spinach leaves.

Clean Stainless Steel – Stainless steel appliances are very popular in kitchens today.  Here is a helpful and frugal tip for cleaning them.  Combine 1 TBSP Salt with 1 tsp. of Lemon Juice.  Apply to stainless steel surface  with a soft cloth.  Then wipe clean.

Do you have any other great salt cleaning tips and tricks?

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  1. Salt is such a great abrasive cleanser. Thanks for posting. Hello from Thrifty Thursday.

  2. Those tips are by far the most unique ones I’ve ever found on the internet. Your post is pure gold! Thanks for sharing it!


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