12 Good and Bad Uses for Salt
Salt has more than 1,400 known uses.
We usually use salt for foods for them to taste better, as a preservative and in large scale – for commercial and industrial purposes. We have heard and read about the many uses of salt. Here are some of the most peculiar uses of salt you might have not known yet.
- Salt solutions can be used as a traditional suicide method. Ingestion of large amount of salt in a short period of time is fatal.
- In termite-infested areas, salt is used to protect houses from termite by putting salt around the base or foundation of the house. It is as effective as the commercial chemicals but not as expensive.
- Salt and rice have been used by some ethnic groups to drive away evil spirits by throwing them in the air in places they believed bad spirits reside
- Salt is use to supplement the nutritional balanced diet needed by cows and other animals to keep them healthy, disease free and achieve optimum growth and reproduction rate. Cattle raisers feed their cows with salt in regular basis and even add salt to the water that they drink.
- If salt is fatal to humans, certainly they are fatal to animals. When buying fish for food, live fish are better compared to frozen one. Kill catfish and mudfish the easy way without even holding them just by pouring enough amount of salt on them. At the same time, it eliminates the slime and fishy smell of the fish. Likewise, salt removes slimy substance of chicken and other meats.
- Snails are considered pest to garden plants (but a delicacy for others). If picking of snails is not already practical or applicable because they’re too many, instead of using a pesticide, just add salt to water and you already have an instant snail killer formula.
- Salt is used for ritual purification of locations and people, such as in sumo wrestling
- When going for a hike (in forest and swamp areas where bloodsuckers are more likely to be encountered), always bring a salt with you. Salt can eliminate leeches; just sprinkle salt to these bloodsuckers.
- When bitten by a dog (or by other animals or insects) and you live or you are in a far-flung area where medical care is not readily available and there is no available soap and warm water to clean the wound, you can use salt instead as a first-aid. Just scrub some salt on the bitten area and this will also help ease the pain somehow.
- This one is not so amazing, once a week, at least, use salt as toothpaste. Salt is a good agent for cleansing the teeth and gum, it eliminates unwanted smell and kills bacteria as well making your mouth feel clean and fresh. In addition, gargling with salt water eases sore throat.
- Tenderized dried beans the fast and easy way by soaking them first in water with salt for at least five minutes before putting them to boil. This will help you save lots of energy as well.
- To ensure bigger profit, wicked traders of water buffalos or carabaos make skinny animals look healthy and bigger by applying salt solution to the animal’s skin. The salt solution will cause the animal’s skin to swell for a couple of days, thus, deceiving prospective buyers.
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