Who can do without salt? Used wisely, this key ingredient in the kitchen can spice up all our dishes, soups and stews. In addition, coarse salt can be used to unclog sink drains, remove wine stains from carpets, clean the refrigerator, sanitize cutting boards, eliminate cockroaches and much more!
So, if some people put it on their doorstep, it is because there is a particular reason behind it. Let’s discover it!
Why put salt in front of the door?
It’s an old grandma’s trick, still as practical and effective as ever!
In fact, many people put salt at the entrance of their home to keep ants away. The properties of this ingredient, composed essentially of sodium chloride, make them instinctively flee. Like weeds, salt naturally drives away ants and destroys their nests at the same time.
So don’t be alarmed to find salt on your neighbor’s doorstep: it means that he or she is putting in place a natural system to prevent ants from gathering at the entrance to his or her home.
The method is simple: sprinkle salt where you have noticed ants coming in. Be aware, however, that once the scout ants have shown the others where to go, another line will be created.
Once you’ve spotted them, set up a barrier of coarse salt to prevent them from getting through the door.
Other uses of salt?
As mentioned earlier, salt has other virtues and can be useful in many situations. Here are some of them:
Soothe a bee sting: if you are attacked by a bee, immediately moisten the sting then put salt on it.
Eliminate a grease fire: put salt on it to put it out. Note: Never use water to put out a grease fire.
Clean up oven spills: Sometimes food spills onto the oven floor. To prevent smoke and odors, sprinkle salt on top. As soon as the oven cools, remove the residue with a brush.
Remove poison ivy: Add a little salt to soapy water. Then spray the solution on the leaves and stems.
Detect stale eggs: Add two teaspoons of salt to a cup of water. Put an egg in the cup. If it is fresh, it will sink. If not, it will float.
Getting rid of the grass between the patio tiles: You can sprinkle salt on the grass and then pour very hot water on it. A second method is to sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, let it sit all day or overnight, then pour hot water over it.
Repel fleas: You can use salt as a natural flea repellent.
As you can see, salt is useful in many ways. You can use it in any way you like.