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Try These 18 Life Hacks Using Salt

18 hacks of using salt for a sustainable living
Salt can be used for more things than just seasoning. Try these 18 easy and environmentally friendly hacks. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain )

Life hacks are little ways to make your life easier. Earlier, we have shown you life hacks from Clever Clothing Hacks to Tea Bag Hacks.

Now, we have more low-budget tips and tricks using salt — enjoy.

1. A little salt can make water plants grow stronger and the flowering period last longer.

A little salt added in water can make plants grow stronger. (Image: ycdtb.dayoo.com)

A little salt added in water can make plants grow stronger. (Image: ycdtb.dayoo.com)

2. A little salt added to boiling oil can minimize oil popping and will heighten the aroma.

A little salt added to boiling oil can minimize oil popping and heighten the aroma. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

A little salt added to boiling oil can minimize oil popping and heighten the aroma. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

3. Rubbing some salt on fruit while washing it can help to dislodge pesticidal residues.

Rubbing some salt while washing fruit can dislodge pesticide residues. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Rubbing on some salt while washing fruit can dislodge pesticide
residues. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

4. Adding a little non-iodized salt to your fish tank can help make your fish live longer.

Adding a little non-iodised salt to your fish tank can make your fish live longer. (Image: Wechat)

Adding a little non-iodized salt to your fish tank can make your fish live longer. (Image: Wechat)

5. Boiled noodles become chewier when salt is added during cooking.

Boiled noodles are more chewy when salt is added while cooking. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Boiled noodles become chewier when salt is added during cooking. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

6. Adding salt while boiling dumplings can keep the wrapping from breaking and sticking together.

Adding salt while boiling dumplings can keep the wrapping from breaking and sticking together. (Image: yangqiu.cn)

Adding salt while boiling dumplings can keep the wrapping from breaking and sticking together. (Image: yangqiu.cn)

7. Adding salt to your toothpaste can help to kill germs in your mouth.

Adding salt to your toothpaste can kill germs in the mouth. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Adding salt to your toothpaste can kill germs in your mouth. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

8. Soaking your new pair of jeans in salt water can make the color last longer.

Soak your new pair of jeans in salt water can make the color stay longer. (Image: Wechat)

Soaking your new pair of jeans in salt water can make the color last longer. (Image: Wechat)

9. Salt is a perfect tea stain remover.

Salt grain is a perfect tea stain remover. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Salt is a perfect tea stain remover. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

10. Put a lot of salt on a piece of wax paper. Iron the sheet on high heat. The dirt and stains on the iron’s base will come off instantly.

Salt can remove the dirt and stain on the iron base. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Salt can remove the dirt and stains from an iron’s base. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

11. You can quicken the chilling speed of a drink by putting it in a bucket with salt and ice. It is ready for serving sooner than you can imagine.

Putting your Coca Cola into a bucket with ice and salt to get it cool down faster. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Put your Coca Cola into a bucket with ice and salt to get it cool down faster. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

12. A broken egg can make a sticky mess. Sprinkle salt on the mess. Wait about 15 minutes and the mess becomes easy to clean.

Sprinkle salt on the broken egg to clean it more easily. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Sprinkle salt on a broken egg to clean it more easily. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

13. Add salt and water to an oil stain. Wait for 10 minutes and the stain will come off easily.

Add salt and a bit of water to oil stain. Wait for 10 minutes and the stain will come off easily. (Image: Wechat)

Add salt and a bit of water to an oil stain. Wait for 10 minutes and the stain will come off easily. (Image: Wechat)

14. Bad smells and stubborn stains on clothes and towels can be cleaned with a paste made with salt and lemon juice. Clean twice and then dry under the sun, this will freshen them up.

Bad smells and stubborn stains on clothes can be cleaned using salt and lemon juice. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Mold smells and stains on clothes can be cleaned using salt and lemon juice. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

15. Mix a quarter cup of baking soda with a quarter cup of salt. Pour into your sink or toilet, and then pour in a half cup of vinegar. Wait for 15 minutes, then flush with a kettle of boiling water. The pipe will drain smoothly again!

Using baking soda, salt, vinegar to clear out your sink drain. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Use baking soda, salt, and vinegar to clear out your sink drain. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

16. To clean a red wine stain, put salt on it. Wait for 5 minutes, then use water to rub and clean until the stain is gone.

To clean red wine stain, put salt on it. (Image: Wechat)

To clean a red wine stain, put salt on it. (Image: Wechat)

17. To clean your kitchen sponge, soak it overnight in water and salt in the ratio of 2 cups of water to a quarter cup of salt.

To clean your kitchen sponge, soak it overnight in water and salt in the ratio of 2 cups to a quarter cup. (Image: Wechat)

To clean your kitchen sponge, soak it overnight in water and salt in the ratio of 2 cups of water to a quarter cup of salt. (Image: Wechat)

18. Chopping boards are best cleaned with a solution made with salt, lemon juice, and hot water.

Cutting board can be cleaned with salt, hot water and lemon juice. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

A cutting board can be cleaned with salt, hot water, and lemon juice. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Here is a YouTube video on most of these hacks by HouseholdHacker.

Translated research by Cecilia Kwan and Alan Cheung

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