Uses For Salt


 Kate Lynn Hibbard


To remove mildew from linen, moisten the spot with salt and soap, place out in the sun until stain is removed.

 

When I was married, the older women, they used Vaseline a lot.

 

To remove tea stains on cups, rub salt on spots.

 

They said a greased egg wouldn’t hatch.

 

To prevent blueing from streaking clothes, put a handful of salt in last rinsing water.

 

And then of course we were more or less a little bit careful.

 

It will also keep them from sticking to the line on a frosty day.

 

I suppose the Catholics called it the rhythm.

 

To make a candle burn longer, fill with salt around the wick, up to the blackened part.

 

We were told as long as you nursed a baby you wouldn’t conceive.

 

Remedy for colic—dissolve 1 teaspoonful each salt and black pepper (ground) in a glass of cold water. Drink as much as possible and lie down. Repeat the dose if necessary.

 

And then a lot of them used salt.

 

To remove ink stains, salt is good for carpets or woolen goods.

 

The kind they put in ice cream. Rock salt.

 

Cover the stain and let stand a few minutes then brush off lightly and add clean salt and brush vigorously.

 

I never did use the rock salt.

 

In most cases the stain will disappear.

 

We were told it affected the mind.

 

To prevent hair from falling out—put 2 tablespoonfuls of salt on paper and with a stiff brush dipped in it rub the scalp.

 

There was a lady that come through one time, and she had a receipt.

 

A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

 

She took cocoa butter and boric acid.

 

Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour.

 

And you made these little cones and you’d use those.

 

Soak stained handkerchiefs in salt water before washing.

 

We made them together.

 

Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

 

Oh yes, it worked.