There are several of uses for salt around the home. For thousands of years, salt has been used for cooking, food preservation and cleaning. Uses for salt aside from cooking have existed prior to the discovery of chemicals and modern cleaners. Salt is environmentally-friendly and is a better alternative to harsh synthetic chemicals.
Listed below are some laundry uses for salt. These tips, however, do not guarantee results but they have been known to work in most cases and have been passed down in several households for generations.
To brighten colored fabrics and clothing, wash them in a saltwater solution. For faded rugs, rub them briskly with a cloth dipped in a strong saltwater solution.
Prevent Color Bleeding
Prevent color bleeding from your clothes by adding 1/2 - 1 cup of salt to your laundry water.
Brighten Yellowed Fabric
Old fabrics or clothing on storage will turn yellow in time. To brighten them up, soak them for an hour in boiling water mixed with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 tablespoon salt.
Removing Blood Stains
As we have discussed in our past post, to remove blood stains from cotton, linen or natural fiber fabrics, soak the stained material in cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt. You may boil the garments after washing for best results.
Removing Mold/Mildew and Rust Stains
Moisten or soak the spot with the mildew or rust stains with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Lay the clothing in the sun for an hour or two to bleach. Rinse and dry afterwards.
In addition, you may also use salt and vinegar mixture for removing rust stains and pour boiling water on the stained area before laying them out in the sun.
Removing Perspiration Stains
Add 4 tablespoons of salt to 1 liter or quart of water. Rub the shirt using a sponge dipped in the solution until the stain disappears. You may also soak the stained shirt in strong salt water solution made up of 1 cup of salt mixed to a gallon of water. Wash and rinse as usual.
Removing Wine Stains, Fresh Gravy or Grease Stain
If wine is spilt on tablecloth or on clothing, blot as much of the wine as possible and immediately sprinkle enough salt on the stained area to absorb the liquid and prevent the wine from seeping through the rest of the fabric. Soak the stained fabric or clothing, afterwards, in cold water for about an hour prior to washing. Same may be done with fresh gravy stain or a grease spot.
Removing Fresh Ink Stain
For fresh ink stain, rub salt on stained spot and soak the fabric in milk overnight. Wash the item as usual, thereafter.
If you happen to have added too much detergent which caused a heap of suds, remove excess suds to prevent overflowing with a sprinkle of salt.
Drying Clothes in Winter
Add a small amount of salt in the water for final rinsing to prevent the clothes from freezing if you are using an outdoor clothes line. In addition, soak the clothes line in salt water if possible.
Starching and Cleaning Dark Iron Bottom
To prevent the iron from sticking to your clothes, add a dash of salt to the laundry starch.
For cleaning a dark iron bottom, sprinkle some salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it for a few times to remove the rough dark spots. To remove salt from the iron, use the steam function before wiping it down with a moistened cloth once it's cooled.