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Epic Alternative Uses For Table Salt: Waste-Free Health

One of the first things most of us do when embarking on a health kick is to try to reduce the amount of salt we eat. If you’re trying to lessen the salt in your diet but don’t want to waste the buckets of table salt sitting in your cupboard, here are some great, waste-free alternative uses for it…

Fresh Egg Test

Eggs are one of those things: you seem to either be constantly running out, or have the odd one or two that have been loitering in the fridge for an age. If the latter happens, you’re never quite sure if you should eat them or not. Salt provides an excellent way to quickly test their freshness. Add two teaspoons of salt to a bowl of water and pop in your eggs. If they float, they’ve gone off, and you shouldn’t eat them. If they sink, it means they’re still fresh.

Tackle Smelly Hands

When you’ve been cooking with onion or garlic, and your hands smell funky, wash them with soap and water then mix a quick combination of salt and vinegar and rub it over your hands. Rinse it off, and voila –  an insanely simple solution to an irritating problem!

Sink Drains

Pour salt water down your kitchen sink regularly and it will quickly deodorise the drain and prevent the buildup of grease.

Water Rings

Mix salt with vegetable oil to form a thin paste, and rub it on the white marks created on wooden surfaces by hot dishes and glasses.

Greasy Pans

If you have a greasy pan, sprinkle a good amount of salt over it and rub it with a paper towel before washing as usual.

Stained Mugs

Mix a little washing up liquid with some salt and use it to scrub stubborn tea and coffee stains off your mugs.

Sparkling Fridge

A combination of soda water and salt is an excellent way to wipe the inside of your fridge. It’s deodorising and will beautifully remove any mess without putting chemical-filled cleaners near your food.

Brass And Copper

Use a mixture of equal parts of salt, vinegar, and flour to form a paste. Rub it on any brass and copper items you have that need cleaning, leave it for an hour, then use a soft cloth to brush it off. Buff it after with a dry cloth for a sparkling finish.

Remove Rust

An easy mix of salt and cream of tartar, with a splash of water, is a great way to remove rust. Rub it on, leave it to dry, brush it off, then buff it with a soft cloth. If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can use lemon juice instead.

Wine Spills

Salt is also great for removing wine stains. Blot up as much of the wine as you can immediately after the spill, then cover the stain with a pile of salt. This will absorb the remaining wine. Leave it for an hour or two, then soak it in cold water for half an hour before washing as usual.

Drying Clothes In Winter

Add salt to your rinse when washing clothes if you intend to dry them on an outside line during winter – this will stop them freezing.

Blood Stains

Saltwater is great for removing blood stains. Soak the item in cold saltwater, and wash as usual. If the stained item is made from natural fibres such as linen or cotton, you can also boil them following the wash for the best possible results.

Non-Drip Candles

Soak your new candles in strong saltwater for several hours, ensure they fully dry, and you will find they hardly drip when burned.

Arranging Artificial Flowers

Pour salt into the base of your vase, followed by a small amount of cold water. Arrange the flowers as usual – when the salt dries it will form a solid base that holds your flowers in place.

Play Dough

A genius use for salt for anyone with an artistic streak or children to amuse, mix half a cup of salt with a cup of flour, a cup of water, two tablespoons of cream of tartar, and two tablespoons of oil, and you have an awesome play dough.

Just sift the dry ingredients together, add the oil, and slowly mix in the water. If you want coloured dough, add a little food colouring. Cook it over medium heat until it grows stiff, then spread over wax paper to cool. Knead it until it’s the right consistency, and let your inner artist loose.

For more great tips on waste-free health, check out my post on alternative uses for sugar

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Awesome Alternative Uses For Sugar: Waste-Free Health

You’ve committed yourself to the cause: no more refined sugar. It’s no good, you know you shouldn’t be eating it, but there it is loitering in the cupboard, tempting you to fall off the wellness wagon.

You consider throwing it out – cold turkey is best, right? But it seems like such a waste.

Good news! There are loads of marvellous things you can do with sugar besides eating it…

Alternative Uses For Sugar…

First Aid

Treat Your Wounds With Sugar…

A sprinkling of sugar over a wound can aid the healing process. I know, it sounds like an Old Wives’ tale, but studies have shown that granulated sugar can kill the bacteria. That bacteria is what causes chronic pain, and prevents wounds from healing. Using sugar on open wounds has proven very beneficial for a lot of people, and sugar paste is still used by some nurses as a standard treatment.


Wash Away Grease And Grime…

When you have seriously grimy hands, slather your hands in a soap and sugar mix. The easiest way to do it is to add granulated sugar to a half empty bottle of liquid soap and mix it in (don’t over-mix!). Lather up the soap and scrub away all the muck – the sugar will form a natural abrasive.

Moisturise Tired Hands…

If your hands are dehydrated, trade the soap for olive oil (in equal amount to the sugar) and use it as a moisturiser.

Cleaning Coffee Grinders…

Grinders for spices and coffee beans quickly collect intense flavours and oil that can be difficult to clean. Sugar is seriously the easiest way to deal with this pesky problem! It will absorb all the unwanted elements in your grinders and leave them wonderfully clean. Just pour half a cup of sugar into your grinder, let it chew on it for two or three minutes, then dump it out and give it a quick wipe.


Remove Grass Stains…

The bane of all parents, grass stains can be removed using a paste of sugar and warm water. Apply the paste of the stain, leave it for at least an hour (tough stains will need longer), then wash the garment as usual.


Make A Scrumptious Banana Body Scrub…

I love bananas  (in smoothies, on toast, and as a snack!) but even I have to admit defeat eventually. When they’re past the point of being edible and I’ve forgotten to freeze them for smoothies, I repurpose them for a little pampering. Banana is an excellent moisturiser, making it perfect for creating a body scrub. Simply mash up a ripe banana with three tablespoons of the sweet stuff and a teaspoon of olive oil (careful, it’s easy to over-mix it!), and smother it over your skin. Rinse off in the shower and enjoy smooth skin and smelling delicious for the rest of the day!

Kissable Lips…

If you want a treat for your lips, blend caster sugar, olive oil, a spot of jojoba and a dab of vanilla extract or peppermint into a paste. Smother your lips, massage it in and after a few minutes, wash it off..technically you could also lick it off, but that would be rather counter productive!


Flower Food…

Sugar is perfect for flowers. Add a mixture of white wine vinegar and sugar to the water you place your fresh cut flowers in and they will last longer. For every litre of water use two tablespoons of vinegar and three teaspoons of sugar. The vinegar will prevent bacteria from growing while the sugar feeds your flowers.

Butterfly Food…

If you love butterflies and like to make your garden as friendly as possible for them, here’s a great recipe for butterfly food, courtesy of The Butterfly Garden, by Matthew Tekulsky. The main ingredient? Sugar!

  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1-2 cans of stale beer
  • 3 overripe bananas (mashed)
  • 12 tablespoons of syrup
  • 12 tablespoons of fruit juice
  • 1 shot of rum

Simply mix all the ingredients together (no fear you will over-mix this one!) and paint it across your garden on trees, stumps, fence posts or rocks. Alternatively, use a sponge to soak it all up and hang it from a tree.


Did I miss anything? If you have any more great alternative uses for sugar, pop a comment below and let me know!