Using salt as a natural, versatile cleaning aid

If you've got silver that needs a good polishing, Re-nest advises to "line the sink or a glass dish with foil, and add very hot water. Then add a couple of teaspoons each of salt and baking soda, and drop in your silver. Let the tarnish disappear, then remove the silver and polish with a clean cloth." And I don't see why you couldn't use this on your silver jewelry as well.

Mix together salt and baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste and you've got yourself a degreaser that can be used on your oven, pans and dishes.

One commenter, "bfootnovellista", even added, "I find that it does much better at scouring pans for the stove, enameled tops, counter tops, and porceline than brillo or SOS does - with the added side benefit that it doesn't scratch any of these surfaces, it's a green cleaner, and it's very simple to simply rinse it away when finished."

So the next time you're at the store, forget the toxic cleaners and scrubbing pads that will just end up in the trash, grab yourself a big container of salt and you're set.

Read the rest of the cleaning tips here on Re-nest.

Salt. You use it for seasoning your food, but did you know that it is also makes a great cleaning and scrubbing agent as well? I came across this article from Re-nest that has some great tips on cleaning with salt and wanted to share a few of those with you.

The next time you get out that cast iron pan that's been handed down from generation to generation (and seen better days) and it needs a good scrub down, forget the Brillo pads and throw in a teaspoon of salt and scrub your heart out.

Smelly garbage can? Throw some salt in the bin to neutralize odors.

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