More and more people turn to eco-friendly cleaning options as toxic commercial cleaners cause serious health problems – from skin irritations, to respiratory problems. Last month we shared with you 6 uses of lemons and lemon juice in domestic cleaning. Today it is time to share 3 ways to use salt instead of commercial products when cleaning your home.
Remove Blood Stains
Blood makes very nasty stain, which is really hard to remove, even if you are using high quality detergent. But you will throw away all the expensive stain removal products after trying this DIY stain removal method shared by our domestic cleaning specialists. Just remember – the sooner you start cleaning blood stains the easier it will be to remove them.
Rinse the spot with cold water. Put the garment under the tap of the sink or the shower and let the cold water run over it. Always rinse blood stains with cold water only, otherwise they will set and seal into the fabric. You should get most of the blood this way, especially if the stain is fresh.
Prepare a thick paste of salt and cold water. Apply it onto the stain. Let it stay like about 10-20 minutes. Salt has strong dehydrating properties and will lift up the water and the blood. After the time is up use more cold water to rinse the stain.
Wash your garment as usual. With this method the fabric will appear clean with no spots on it. Nevertheless, don’t let the fabric dry, but wash the stained clothes in the washing machine.
Clean Dirty Pans and Pots
Burnt milk, old grease in your pan and scorched pots are among the least favourite things to clean. For many people dealing with heavily soiled dishes means putting on rubber gloves and grabbing the strongest detergent. But cleaning with salt is a better, more environmentally friendly way to tackle this task.
Dissolve scorched stains. Fill the pot (or respectively – the pan) with warm water. Add 2 tbsp. of salt and leave it like this overnight. On the next day add 1 more tbsp. of salt and heat until the liquid starts boiling. The scorched stains will be gone, making washing the pan easier.
Remove stains from burnt milk. Sprinkle some salt onto the stain and add a little water – just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Leave it like this for 20 minutes. After the time is up washing the pot will be easier and faster.
Clean a greasy pan. If your pan is covered with grease stains after cooking salt can save you some time when cleaning it. Throw away the excess oil and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with salt. Wait a few minutes until salt soaks the grease and wipe the pan with paper towel.
Remove Rust and Polish Metals
If you want to remove rust easy and fast make thick paste of salt, water and a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply on the affected area and let it dry. Scrub off the rust and salt mixture and polish the metal with dry cloth.
If you have to clean brass prepare a paste from equal amounts of salt, flour and white distilled vinegar. Apply, leave it for 1 hour and then wipe the dried paste with towel. Polish the brass with soft cloth.