To spice up your dishes or clear your driveway of snow in the winter, salt can be a great help in your home. This ingredient, which you can’t do without in the kitchen, can be the perfect solution to many household problems you face every day. Here’s how to use salt as a household product. Thanks to its degreasing, descaling and deodorizing properties, salt makes your daily household chores easier. After reading this article, you will make it your first household ally. Here are 6 different techniques for using salt as a household product:

Clean your iron

If something melts and sticks to the surface of your iron, you can be sure you won’t need to replace it! Set it to the highest temperature, then take a newspaper and sprinkle it generously with salt. Once your iron is hot, place it on the paper and move it back and forth for about 1 minute. The salt will loosen the residue from your iron so it will stay on the paper. This way you will find an iron clean and smooth as new.

Remove an egg stain

Cleaning the surface, you accidentally dropped an egg on can be a difficult task and require tons of paper towels. All you need to do is apply a good amount of salt to the affected area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The salt has a coagulating effect, and all you have to do is remove your egg with ease.

Flame retardant

A burning pan is one of the most common accidents on a barbecue afternoon. If so, don’t panic! To prevent the fire from spreading, pour a generous amount of salt directly on the flames to block the flow of oxygen, which acts as a catalyst. This trick will smother the fire in seconds.

Degrease pans

If you forgot to turn down the heat under your dinner and all that’s left is sooty bits, cleaning your pan is a pretty harsh punishment. No more! To degrease it and easily remove stuck-on food residue, simply cover the inside of your pan completely with a good layer of salt and then add a little water. The salt water will act as a degreaser to remove everything and save you colossal effort. After 10 minutes, all you need to do is rinse off the salt water and clean your utensil as usual.

Degrease your rinsing sponge

If your dish sponge has become all black and greasy, here’s a simple trick: take a container that you fill with 2 cups of water, then add ¼ cup of salt and stir to dilute it well. Dip your sponge in this salt water and leave it overnight so the salt can degrease and disinfect it. The next morning, all you have to do is wring it out so all the residue falls off. Now it’s ready for another batch of dishes.

Clogging bathtub drains

Another fairly common problem when you want to clean your bathtub is tufts of hair clogging the drain. To avoid clogging your bathtub, mix ¼ cup baking soda with an equal amount of salt. Pour the mixture directly down the drain. Then pour ½ cup of lemon juice over everything. The mixture will become bubbly. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. In the meantime, boil a pot of water and pour the boiling water directly down the drain after the mixing time is up to flush away any powder residue. Bicarbonate is an antibacterial agent that dissolves the most stubborn stains, while lemon gives off a lingering fresh smell.