Salt is inexpensive, nontoxic and almost always on hand. Although it comes in handy when I want to season my favorite recipe, it's not exactly healthy. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Instead of throwing out my entire stockpile of salt, I discovered many ways to use it all around my house.



1. De-shell Hard Boiled Eggs in a Snap

Are you tired of pulling off hunks of egg white along with the shell when peeling eggs? Here's my secret: I add 1 teaspoon of salt to my pot of water. With this method, my hard boiled eggs are much easier to peel after they are cooled.

2. Copper and Brass Shiner

To remove tricky stains and green tarnish from my copper and brass items, I mix together equal parts vinegar, salt and flour. I rub the paste onto the offending object (I like to use it on my pots and pans) and then rinse it with soapy water. Because copper and brass polishes can cost around $10, I save a lot of money using items from my pantry.

3. Hair and Body Exfoliator

If you have dandruff, rub a teaspoon or so of salt into your scalp. Massage your head thoroughly to help exfoliate your scalp and remove the dead skin and flakes. After rinsing out the salt, you are ready to use your regular shampoo. You can also scrub your body in the same fashion to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation. Just massage your body with a palmful of salt and rinse well.

4. Stinky Garbage Disposal Freshener

To get rid of unpleasant odors in my garbage disposal, I dump a 1/2 cup of salt in, turn on the cold water, and run the disposal. The salt not only helps eliminate odors, it frees any food or waste that's become lodged in the disposal.

5. Natural Breath Refresher

Rather than buying mouthwash, I like to make my own using 1 teaspoon salt, ½ cup water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. This mixture works just as well as the store-bought stuff, and I don't have to worry about exposing my family to any added alcohol, colorants or sweeteners.

6. Fruit and Veggie Rescue

There's nothing more unappetizing than apple slices or potatoes that have turned brown because they’ve been left out too long. To prevent this, I like to place cut fruits and vegetables in a bowl of lightly salted water as I cut them. When I'm ready to make the meal, I just rinse off the vegetables and fruits and prepare as normal.

7. Lipstick Remover

Ever notice how hard it is to remove lipstick smudges from glassware? That's because it has emollients in it that help keep lipstick on the lips. Unfortunately, the emollient also helps lipstick adhere to my favorite coffee cup, as well. To combat these stubborn stains, I just rub salt onto the edges of my cup before I wash it.

8. Dough Cleaner

My tabletop is a mess of flour and sticky dough clumps after I knead or roll out dough for my favorite recipes. If you’ve ever tried using a wet sponge to clean up a mess like this, you know it only makes it worse. Rather than spend the entire afternoon scrubbing, I sprinkle the counter with salt. Because salt is abrasive and absorbs moisture, it makes the messy dough lot easier easy to wipe away.