You can find salt on just about anyone's table, but the basic ingredient can be used in so many smart ways other than seasoning your food. A bag of salt also costs around $1, making it a smart staple to have on hand.
1. Egg Checker
Add two teaspoons to one cup of water, and let dissolve. Fresh eggs will sink, and bad eggs will float.
2. Fruit Helper
Instead of reaching for citrus, sprinkle a dusting of salt over fruits to keep them from browning. And the hardly there salt actually accentuates the fruit's flavor.
3. Bad-Smell Eliminator
After chopping garlic or onions, rub your fingers with salt to get rid of any lingering smells.
4. Cheese-Life Extender
Extend the life of cheese by wrapping it in a cloth moistened with salt water.
5. Baked-On Mess Remover
If your casserole bubbles over, sprinkle the bottom of your oven with a handful of salt over the spill. It won't smoke and will bake into a crust that's easier to clean once things have cooled.
6. Wall Hole Fixer
Repair wall holes with equal parts salt, cornstarch, and water by mixing into a thick paste. Spread over nail holes, let dry, and touch up with paint.
7. Snow Remover
Get rid of slippery, ice-covered sidewalks fast with a sprinkling of salt.