Pick up a dropped egg. If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.
Soothe a bee sting. Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.
Eliminate a grease fire. Pour salt on top to smother it. (Never use water on a grease fire.)
Clean up oven spills. If food boils over onto the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and odor from forming. When the oven is cool, it’ll be easy to brush away the spot.
Set color. If a dye may run, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you’ve added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If rinse water shows color, repeat. This is good for a single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it. (American-made fabrics are unlikely to run, but fabrics from abroad are sometimes risky.)
Kill Poison Ivy. Add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it onto leaves and stems.
Make cream whip more easily and egg whites whip faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt.
Test for rotten eggs. Put an egg in a cup of water to which you’ve added two teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sink, but one that’s iffy will float.
Clean the brown spots (from starch) off a nonstick soleplate (the bottom of your iron). Sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it, then rub lightly with silver polish.
Repel fleas. Wash the doghouse with it.
Kill grass growing in cracks in the cement or between patio stones. Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Or sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, let stand all day or overnight, then pour hot tap water over it.
Clean a glass coffee pot. Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse.
Halt the mountain of suds from an overflowing washing machine. Sprinkle salt on the top.
Clean artificial flowers. Put them in a bag of salt and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the salt and you’ll see what you’ve accomplished.
Clean tarnished copper. Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, then rub clean. (Don’t do this to lacquered copper.)
Keep radishes safe in the garden. Salt worms (cutworms) will be repelled if you sprinkle seeds with table salt, then cover with dirt.
Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups. Rub them with salt.
Keep potatoes and apples from turning brown once they’re sliced. Put them in salted cold water.
Clean a cutting board. Cover it with bleach and salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each use.
IT’S A KINDA LEMONY DAY!
Do you have blemishes? Mix the juice of one medium lemon with one tablespoon of honey and apply to clean face. Rinse. Your skin will be glowing and future blemishes are greatly reduced.
Need buttermilk for a recipe but don’t have any on hand? Mix one cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice for a buttermilk substitute that works great!
To sanitize your dishwasher and remove mineral deposits and odors, remove all dishes. Place ¼ cup of lemon juice in the soap dispenser and run through the normal cycle. Your dishwasher will be clean and smell wonderful!
To freshen a stinky garbage disposal, slice a medium-sized lemon into the disposal and turn on the disposal with running water until the lemon is gone.
To clean grout around tiles, apply lemon juice and water with a toothbrush and scrub.
To clean copper pots, cover the surface of a half lemon with salt and scrub. Rinse and buff with a soft cloth for a beautiful shine.
To clean silver, clean with lemon juice and buff with a soft cloth.
Lemon juice also cleans the tarnish off brass.
To freshen the air, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the vacuum cleaner bag before vacuuming.
To clean glass shower doors, apply lemon juice with a sponge. Dry with newspapers for a sparkling shine.
To remove the smell of garlic or onions from your hands, rub with a lemon slice and rinse.
To brighten whites that can’t be bleached, just pour a quarter of a cup of lemon juice into the washing machine.
If someone ends up with a small cut or scrape, dab it with some lemon juice to disinfect the wound. It will also take the itch out of poison ivy. (acidity of lemon may cause a sting.)
To remove fruit, baby formula stains, or rust on colored clothing, mix a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice. After checking the fabric for colorfastness, apply the mixture and let it set for 15-30 minutes. When stain is lifted, launder as usual.
To clean countertops and remove stains (including laminate and stone countertops), apply salt to the cut side of a lemon and scrub. Rinse and dry.
To freshen the microwave, place a few lemon slices covered with water in a small bowl and microwave on high for one minute.
To clean and disinfect cutting boards, wash with lemon juice and dry in the sun.
To freshen the air, place a teaspoon of cinnamon over lemon slices and cover with water. Simmer in a saucepan for 15 minutes on medium heat.
To make your own furniture polish that is better for the wood than what you can buy, prepare enough for a single preparation (make fresh each time you use it.) Mix the juice of one lemon, one teaspoon olive oil and a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin coat to furniture and buff to a deep shine.
To remove ink from fabric, apply lemon juice liberally while the ink is still wet. Then wash the garment on the normal cycle with regular detergent in cold water.
To cure dandruff, apply one tablespoon of lemon juice to your hair. Shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons of lemon juice and two cups of water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.
To write with invisible ink, use a cotton swab as a pen to write in lemon juice on a piece of white paper. Once it dries, hold the paper near a hot light bulb (don’t touch!). The writing will turn brown.
To eliminate blackheads, rub lemon juice over blackheads before going to bed. Wait until morning to wash off the juice with cool water. Repeat for several nights until you see a big improvement in the skin.
To create blonde highlights, rinse your hair with one-quarter cup lemon juice with three-quarters of a cup water.
To remove fruit and berry stains on your hands, rinse hands with lemon juice.
To whiten, brighten, and strengthen fingernails, soak fingernails in lemon juice for ten minutes, then brush with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Rinse well.
To stop bleeding and disinfect minor wounds, pour lemon juice on a cut or apply with a cotton ball.
To relieve poison ivy, apply lemon juice over the affected areas to soothe itching and ease the rash.
To eliminate odors in your humidifier, pour three or four teaspoons of lemon juice into the water.
To relieve rough hands or sore feet apply lemon juice, rinse, then massage with olive oil.
If you still don’t know what to do with those extra lemons, try this:
1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
7 cups ice-cold water
1 ¼ cup sugar
Combine in a two-quart pitcher and refrigerate.