In our first installment of our Water Softener Salt Series, we are going to take a look at some other uses for water softener salt. We've sourced and compiled the top 10 other uses for water softener salt and have listed them below. Of course the best use of water softener salt is in a water softener. If you are looking to purchase a new water softener or if your current water softener isn't functioning as efficiently as it should, contact the water softener specialists at WaterSmart.
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HomeGuidesSFGate.com recommends using water softener as an environmentally friendly way to kill weeds. This is a great way to kill weeds that come up in the cracks of your driveway or between your patio stones as well. If there are no children or pets around you can sprinkle the salt around each plant and then lightly mist it with a spray bottle. This will help the salt dissolve into the ground. If you think that pets or children may able to accidentally ingest the salt, then dissolve the salt first by bringing 2 cups of water to a boil, let it cool slightly and then stir in 1 cup of water softener salt. Keep stirring until all the salt dissolves. Pour the hot solution over each week. You may need to repeat this each week until the weeds are totally gone.
According to Watermaid.ca water softener salt is just as pure as pool salt so it can be used in your pool; and it's usually cheaper. Remember though that there are different grades of water softener salt. If the bag says the salt is better than 99% pure sodium chloride then you are fine to use it. Also keep in mind that water softener salt takes longer to dissolve than pool salt so pour it into the shallow end of the pool and mix it around with a brush to help it disappear quicker. If your pool has a pump return jet on the step of the pool then pour the salt on the step and it will dissolve in a couple of hours.
Take the Sting Out Of A Bee Sting
Getting bee sting is an unpleasant experience. Help to alleviate the pain by putting some water on the sting and then cover it with salt. This suggestion was found at ModernSurvivalBlog.com.
We found a great use for water softener salt on Plowsite.com. Many of the snow removal professionals have used water softener salt instead of road rock salt. They all agree that it works just as well. One plow veteran said that mixing it with sand works great as well.
If you have a problem with ants getting into your house, you can sprinkle some salt anywhere where these annoying insects enter your home such as along your doorways and windowsills. According to ModernSurvivalBlog.com.
Killing Snails in The Garden
Snails can be a real nuisance in your garden, eating away at your beautiful plants. The Telegraph.co.uk suggests sprinkling some salt directly on the snails if they aren't near your plants to kill them. You can also mix salt with Vaseline and apply it to the rims of your plant pots to keep the snails away from your potted plants.
Throwing a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace from time to time can help loosen the soot from the chimney according to ModernSurvivalBlog.com. It will also produce a pretty bright yellow flame.
Deodorize Your Shoes
ModernSurvivalBlog.com suggests sprinkling a little salt inside your canvas shoes occasionally to absorb the moisture and help alleviate unpleasant odours.
Clean Oven Spills
If some food you are cooking in your oven accidentally bubbles over, simply sprinkle a little salt over the spill. According to ModernSurvivalBlog.com, it won't smoke and smell, but it will form a crust that should make the baked-on mess a lot easier to clean once it has cooled down.
Stop BBQ Flare Ups
Use salt instead of water to tame the flare-ups that occur when you are cooking on your barbecue. ModernSurvivalBlog.com claims that tossing a bit of salt onto the flames will reduce the flare without cooling down the coals.
Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series
Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?
Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Salt Brands
Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener
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