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Tips for February 2013 - About Salt

The Many Uses of Salt

This segment has a selection of tips on the use of salt from the Mortons Salt website. Here is where you can find, interesting information about Salt.

Amongst very useful information about the history of salt, tips, and several others, there are some fun facts about salt. In the ancient world, salt was as good as gold. Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Trade routes were established because of it. And when supplies ran out, empires fell.

Salt was so precious it was worth more than gold. In Roman times, people were paid in salt, in fact the word, salary is derived from salt.

Did you know that we can't live without salt? The sodium it provides regulates the heartbeat and the fluids of the body are in balance. So salt helps to keep you alive.
The hints and tips follow:

Soothe Sore Throats

Many of you may remember this home remedy, to alleviate the discomfort of a mild sore throat, gargle several times daily with a mixture of frac14; teaspoon salt and frac12; cup warm water. It is like taking a liquid lozenge.
Gargling with warm salt water is recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngology to alleviate mild sore throat pain. See a physician if your sore throat persists longer than five days or if the sore throat is accompanied by difficulty in breathing or swallowing, joint pain, earache, a rash or fever.

bathing feet

To prepare a salt water bath, pour 6 quarts (1-1½ gallons) warm water in a large basin. Mix in ½ cup salt and ½ cup baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. Soak feet for up to 15 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: Diabetics or individuals with poor circulation should consult their physician before using this method.

Garbage Disposal Odor

To help remove odors from garbage disposals, pour ½ cup of salt directly into the garbage disposal. By running the disposal following manufacturer's directions, the odors will disappear.

Freshen Air

Clear the air with this homemade air freshener. Just cut an orange in half, remove pulp, and fill the peel with salt. It will provide a pleasant, aromatic scent anywhere in your home.

Remove Cutting Board Odors

To help cut odors off of a wooden cutting board, just pour a generous amount of salt directly on the board. Rub lightly with a damp cloth. Wash in warm, sudsy water.

Clean Coffee Pots

To remove coffee stains from the inside of a glass coffee pot, add 4 teaspoons salt, 1 cup crushed ice and 1 tablespoon water. Gently swirl until clean, then rinse. Coffee pot should be at room temperature before cleaning. Do not use if pot is cracked or chipped.

Make Your Own Play Dough

This is an economical way to make your own play dough. In medium sized pot, mix 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 cup water, and a few drops of food coloring (optional). Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick and lumpy as it cooks. Cool slightly and then knead in 1 or 2 drops of vegetable oil. Store in a plastic bag. For more variety use different food colors. Most supermarket baking sections should have these available. It is not recommended to be eaten.

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