Discover unexpected uses for everyday salt.

1) Finding a Rotten Egg

Put two teaspoons of salt in a cup of water and place an egg in it- a fresh egg will sink, an older/rotten egg will float. Because the air cell in an egg increases as it ages, an older egg is more buoyant. Overtime, the liquid in the egg evaporates and is replaced by outside air. So if it floats- get rid of it!

2) Homemade Toothpaste

This is a great recipe if you’re in a pinch and realize before bed that you have no more toothpaste, if you want an alternative without harmful, chemical ingredients or want to save some money. Making this toothpaste instead of buying it from the store cuts costs upwards of 300%!  All you need to do is mix 2/3 cup of baking soda, 1 tsp of fine sea salt (the minerals in sea salt are very healthy for teeth) and 1-2 tsp of peppermint extract or 15 drops of peppermint essential oil and water together. I batch yields the equivalent of one 5.3 oz tube of toothpaste.

3) Arranging Fake Flowers

Artificial flowers can be held in place by pouring salt into the vase, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers! The salt becomes solid as it dries and holds the flowers in place!

4) Clean Stained Cups

There’s nothing worse than coffee or tea stains on your beloved coffee mugs. It seems that no matter how hard you try, you can never get them out. But if you mix salt with a dab of dish soap on a scrubbie sponge, you’ll be amazed by how easily they come out!

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