There are a number of ways to utilise salt when it comes to cleaning and stain removal in the bathroom and kitchen.

Baked On Food
Remove food that has been baked onto cooking pans or servingplates by 'lifting' the food with a pre-treatment of salt.  Before washing, sprinkle the stuck on food with salt.  Dampen the area, let it sit until the salt lifts the baked on food, then wash it away with soapy water.

Removing Grease From Pans
Grease can be tough to remove from iron pans, because it is not water soluable, but if you sprinkle the pan with salt before you wash it, the salt will absorb most of the grease. Wipe the pan out, and then wash as usual.

Tea & Coffee Stains
Tea and coffee leaves stains on cups and pots.  You can easily remove these unattractive rings by putting some salt onto a sponge and rubbing gently over the stained area.  If this does not remove the stain, mix white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with the sponge.

Cutting Boards
Salt acts as a steriliser.  Sprinkle salt on a wooden chopping board.  Leave for a few minutes, rinse with warm water.
Eggs
If you've ever dropped an uncooked egg you know what a mess it is to clean. Cover the spill with salt, it will draw the egg together and you can easily wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.


Sponge
Hand sponges and mop sponges usually get grungy beyond use long before they are really worn out. To restore sponges to a pristine state, soak them overnight in a solution of about 1/4 cup salt per litre of water.

Mildew
A mixture made from salt and lemon juice removes mildew from around the sink, tiles and shower.




Drains - Unblocking
Hair and shampoo residue collect in the plug hole and bathtub drain, causing the drain to clog up. To dissolve the mess, mix up 1 cup salt, 1 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup white vinegar.  Pour the mixture down the drain.  Leave for 10 minutes, then follow up by pouring 2 litres of boiling water down the drain. Run your hot water tap until the drain flows freely.

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