5 Ways Sea Salt Will Change Your Cleaning Routine

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    Believe it or not, sea salt has more uses than just for food! Learn how this natural alternative to chemical products can gently remove debris from your drains and kitchen appliances. Trouble finding sea salt at your grocery store? Kosher salt will be just as effective!

    1. Unclog Congested Drains & Pipes

    Are you tired of using harsh chemicals to clean out the drain? Have you been looking for a natural solution for getting rid of grease and gunk? Mix equal parts sea salt, baking soda, and vinegar and say goodbye to clogs. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it sit for an hour to work its magic. Follow it with a kettle of hot water to melt away any remaining grease and build-up. Repeat this step until the sea salt mixture is completely gone. Pro tip: avoid grease buildup by disposing of high-fat substances (bacon grease, coconut oil, nut butters, gravy, etc.) in an empty can and let it cool before throwing it out in the trash. Although it’s convenient to flush food particles down the drain when washing dishes, use a drain trap to catch solid remnants such as eggshells and coffee grounds as they are notorious for causing clogs and slowing down water flow.

    2. Exfoliate Your Pots & Pans

    Preserve your well-seasoned cast iron vessels and clean them with a natural abrasive: sea salt! As tempting as it may be to let your dirty cast iron soak in the sink, the water will damage the nonstick layer of polymerized oil. For a clean but seasoned pan, cut a large potato in half and dip the flat end in a shallow bowl of sea salt so that the grains stick into the potato. Begin to scrub food buildup off your cast iron, and add more sea salt if needed. The potato’s moisture will protect your appliance while the salt works at removing food debris. If you’ve been cooking with highly acidic foods, sea salt will help to remove any rust stains left behind. Want to avoid hard-to-remove stains and scraps? Try to wash and dry your cast iron immediately after use (unless it’s too hot to handle).

    3. Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Mugs

    No matter how often you clean your mugs, those stubborn coffee or tea stains return again and again. To keep them at bay, mix a dollop of dish soap with a dash of sea salt to scrub away the stains. If you prefer to use a natural solution, mix the sea salt into some vinegar and a dash of baking soda. Rinse under warm water to remove soap and stain residue.

    4. DIY Fridge Cleaner & Deodorizer

    Ditch the chemical cleaners! Keep your food safe and eliminate lingering odors with this quick and easy concoction. Combine one part sea salt with two parts soda water and pour into a narrow-lipped bottle. Dab the solution onto a paper towel and wipe out the shelves and walls of your fridge. The sea salt will gently remove any stains or food filth without damaging the surface. Want to leave your fridge smelling especially refreshed? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the sea salt solution—citrus oils such as lemon or orange will add a bright, clean scent!

    5. Make Your Laundry Smell Delicious!

    Mix two cups of sea salt with 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can adjust the number of drops for a lighter or stronger fragrance. Once the mixture is dry, sprinkle a pinch in the last rinse cycle of your laundry wash. You can store the remaining mixture in a Mason jar or a Tupperware container and keep it with your detergent for easy access. If you want a relaxing, floral scent, choose lavender or rose. Need a bright boost of energy? Grapefruit and other citrus scents will keep you alert and leave your clothes smelling incredible.

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