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Tightwad top ten: uses for salt - part deux

Here is the second in the series on stuff you can do with salt besides eat it. It has developed into a series because the stuff is just so dang versatile. Who knew?

10. Fabric colors hold fast in a salty water wash.
9. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip faster.
8. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.
7. Degunk your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
6. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew. If you can put the item in the sun to dry, it will be even more effective.
5. Remove perspiration stains: add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.
4. For oil and egg spills, cover the area with salt - it's a lot easier to pick up.
3. Lightly sprinkle rock salt on walks and driveways to keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and make shoveling easier.
2. If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours and dry them well, they will not drip as much when you burn them.
1. A saltwater soak can do wonders for a mosquito bite - a poultice of salt mixed with olive oil can help too.

But wait! There's more - stay tuned! For the first installment of top ten things to do with salt, click here.


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