10 Uses for Salt You’ve Never Used

Written by Brandon Garrett

Salt is one of the most amazing elements in nature. It can be used for many purposes including food preservation, cleaning, cooking, and more!

Part of being prepared is knowing how to use the supplies that you have – and that includes salt! Below, we’ve listed 10 things that you probably didn’t know that you could do with salt.

Clean up a dropped egg
If you accidentally drop an egg on the floor, sprinkle some salt on the mess and wait 20 minutes. After you wait, the salt will absorb up all the liquids and will be a lot easier to wipe up.

Soothe a bee or poison ivy sting
Wet the sting right away and then cover it with salt. The salt will also kill poison ivy around your home. Simply add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it on the leaves and stems of the poison ivy.

Test for rotten eggs
Add two teaspoons of salt into a cup of water. A fresh egg will sink while a rotten egg will float.

Clean your clothes iron
Sprinkle some salt on a sheet of wax paper. Slide the iron across the paper and then rub with silver polish. This method will only work with non-stick irons.

Kill the grass growing in patio cracks
Have a bunch of grass growing up through the cracks in your cement or patio stones? Just spring salt on the cracks and wait a few days and pour some hot water over them.

Keep your windows frost-free
Dip a sponge in salt water and rub it on your windows. For car windshields, instead of using a sponge, use a little bag made of cheesecloth.

Clean a cutting board
Cover the cutting board with bleach and salt. Scrub the board with a stiff brush and rinse with hot water. Repeat if needed.

Clean fake flowers
Put the fake flowers in a bag with salt. Shake the bag for a few minutes. The salt will absorb the dirt and grime.

Remove watermarks from wood
I hate it when you get those pesky water marks on your table left from glasses or bottles. Make them disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring mark with a soft cloth or sponge. Then restore the luster of the wood with furniture polish.

Remove baked on messes
Can’t get that food to come out of your favorite pan or cooking dish? Simply sprinkle salt on the baked-on food then dampen the area with water. Let the area sit until the salt lifts the food off the dish.

What do you use it for?
Comment below and let us know what you’ve used salt for? Meat preservation? Seasoning? What else?

Updated August 29, 2012


  1. Sandra wrote:

    Salt will help dry up a poison ivy or poison oak rash, but putting it on the growing plants will kill other plants, and if you live near a water way, it will run into the water during a rain. “The poison oak & Poison Ivy Survival Guide” tells other ways to kill the plants.

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  2. Practical Parsimony wrote:

    Putting salt in cracks in a patio will only make ground sterile. Do this in enough places and the runoff will kill your yard.Try vinegar, hot vinegar, or boiling water for a nontoxic weedkiller.

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:58 pm
  3. Jeannine Bialey wrote:

    I use it to clean my fish tank, when it gets hard water marks. It doesn’t hurt the fish, I’ve only ever done it on empty aquariums. I also use it to clean the dog’s water bowl for the same reason.

    August 30th, 2012 at 7:55 am
  4. WENDY MECHIS wrote:


    August 30th, 2012 at 9:51 am
  5. Andrew J. Jackson wrote:

    …and it lasts forever so there’s no reason not to stock up!

    August 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  6. mrs julie a neary wrote:

    i am a path clearer for snow if i havnt got the rocksalt or grit

    BUT can you bear in mind skin absorbtion and those that need low salts in their diet

    same goes for the salt in salt pipes for asthma and ease of breathing…hydrocephalus needs less sometimes

    August 31st, 2012 at 6:15 am
  7. Miami Girl wrote:

    For a clean feel on your teeth and a refreshing mouth and gum cleaning, mix baking soda and salt to brush your teeth. You can mix a small amount in the palm of your hand for a convenient one-time us. I am in my late 60’s and using this procedure has used on an occasional since I was a young girl and it works.

    October 10th, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  8. Justin Keith wrote:

    Cleaning your iron. Who’d have thought…

    April 18th, 2013 at 11:20 am
  9. DepressionEra wrote:

    I use salt to get rid of ants. Ants will run from salt.

    August 5th, 2013 at 9:21 am
  10. fauna wrote:

    Make a little bag of salt with a rag and 1/2 cup of salt – use this to clean your cast iron pans without ruining the seasoned finish you worked so hard to get!

    August 5th, 2013 at 10:29 am
  11. Jen wrote:

    To clean coffee pots with baked-on coffee stains pour salt into the bottom of the coffee pot, add ice and a touch of water. Swirl it around and watch the burnt on gunk disappear!

    August 5th, 2013 at 12:38 pm
  12. Kad wrote:

    If you fill the tips of your hallow point rounds with powdered salt and then put a touch of wax over them your rounds will have the following added effects:

    *More painful wounds if they are close to the surface of skin. Deeper wounds will have no added pain.

    *Penetrating wounds that rupture organs will not clot as well.

    *Direct pressure (first aid) can cause additional hemorrhage to deep wounds.

    *Recovery time is increased if you use rock salt or sea salt. Table salt does not have this affect.

    *Slightly increased expansion at a shallower depth (better for shooting flesh directly but less effective when firing through a thick leather jacket or body armor) – the difference is minimal

    *Ballistics may be off slightly. At shorter ranges this has an effect barely measurable. Long range shots should not be salt loaded.


    If you take a standard rubber/plastic lid off from a coffee can (or the like) and turn it upside down you can create a slug trap. Mix table salt into warm water and set it near your garden. Slugs will find their way in and kill themselves. Beer also works well when used the same way (no salt).

    August 5th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  13. Jay wrote:

    I boil it in water n mix a yeast packet with it then pour in a disposal container to kill slugs. The slugs are attracted to the yeast smell n when they fall in the salt kills them. It’s like a beer trap but the yeast smell is stronger to attract more and the salt is an instant kill. Plus wasting a beer is against my religion.

    August 5th, 2013 at 6:17 pm
  14. Ncpatriot wrote:

    @Kad, interesting trivia information on the use of salt in hollow points. But given the anti-gun climate I would NOT consider adding salt to my hollow points because 1. The prosecutor will portray you as a “sadistic murderer” at your “self-defense” trial. 2. Salt corrodes metal. I don’t want it near my firearm, even if it’s sealed in wax.

    August 6th, 2013 at 7:10 am
  15. Kad wrote:


    1) I appreciate where you are coming from. It is more useful for post SHTF, TEOTWAWKI, or civil unrest situations.

    2) That is definitely something worth consideration. If you errored applying the wax it could cause problems, especially if that round was chambered for a significant period of time.

    Something I didn’t mention in my original post that I should have is that rounds are a great delivery system (besides the kinetics) but waxing will sometimes slightly increase mussel flash.

    Thank you for replying, Ncpatriot. My post was more for the preppers who are living up to their name sake as opposed to those looking for common household activities. Its great having a contrary opinion to help new preppers make better informed decisions.

    August 6th, 2013 at 8:10 am
  16. Karen wrote:

    If you have ants in your yard sprinkle salt around the ant hills, etc. They will eat the salt. Then when they drink water the salt expands. I found this on the internet somewhere and saw it work in my yard.

    August 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am
  17. Mel wrote:

    For people working in the heat it is good to sip on salt water to prevent dehydration. It doesn’t take much. As Ben Fuchs says, when it tastes good you know you need it, when you’ve had enough it will not taste good.
    When working in the boiler at the paper mill we took salt tablets. The problem with that is you bypass the tasting and your body’s built-in indicator.

    August 11th, 2014 at 4:06 am
  18. Daniel wrote:

    you can use salt, to clean cast iron pans, too.

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:29 am
  19. Lori wrote:

    Mel, I am a registered nurse and I am afraid that sipping on salt water in the heat (or at any other time) will actually cause dehydration, not prevent it. Drinking a solution that contains salt causes water to leave your cells and enter the blood stream to attempt to maintain an isotonic balance when it becomes too hypertonic from drinking the salt water.

    A good example of this is when you sprinkle sugar on cut fruit, like strawberries. Give it about ten minutes and much of the fluid in the berry is pulled out by the sugar. Same thing happens in your body when you drink salt water when in actuality, you want the fluids traveling in to the cells, not leaving it. It’s likely that that you took the salt pills in the paper mill to prevent cramping secondary to dehydration due to fluid loss from sweating. Make no mistake. Drinking salt water is dangerous and will dehydrate you. It should not be done.

    August 11th, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  20. Patty wrote:

    I use it for beauty and hygiene. Scrub off dandruff, bad breath, body scrub exfoliator, skin toner, etc. i also use it to set fast color clothes dye. Add it yo bitter coffee to make it taste better. It can work as deodorant in a pinch. Salt can do a lot of damage to many things and it should be used sparingly, cautiously and wisely. A preppers first goal is to know how to use available resources properly at the right time for the benefit of as many as possible.

    August 11th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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