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Incredible results of epsom salt you did not know about

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Salt is used for cooking and cleaning mainly . It is cheap to use for cleaning , safe and has benefits over cleaning chemicals. Here are some salt hacks to help you around the house .

1. Keeping ants away

Sprinkle some salt in your food cabinets , on your windowsill and floor to keep ants away . Make a solution in the spray bottle and spray on areas with ants (indoors/outdoors). If you have an ant hill just pour salt and water mixture directly into the nest to exterminate the ants. Extermination will depend on how deep the nest is.

2. House plants

When your houseplants turn yellow they may have a magnesium deficiency . Add a teaspoon of epsom salt to 4 litres of water and just water your plants as usual , occasionally spray the leaves with the solution to help them grow green again .

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3. In the garden

Magnesium sulfate is great for making your yard green , fertilizing your plants and it will also remove unwanted pests and slugs. Sprinkle a line around your garden to keep ants out. Adding Epsom salt to your soil before planting vegetables gives it a boost of magnesium but you should test soil for deficiency first . Water your tomato vines with 1 tablespoon of epsom salt dissolved in 4 litres of water every two weeks .

3. Cleaning the washing machine

Your washing machine can get surprisingly dirty with all the laundry detergent and other contaminants . Epsom salt helps in removing unwanted dirt . Fill your washing machine with hot water , add 4 cups of white vinegar ,1 cup of epsom salt and let the machine spin for a minute . Stop the cycle and let the solution sit in the machine for about an hour . Run a rinse cycle to clean and empty the machine before adding clothes .

4. Tile cleaning

Mix epsom salt and your liquid dish detergent equally to create an effective tile cleaner. Apply the mixture on tile stains and let it soak for a few minutes then scrub and rinse .

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5. Washing pots and pans

Pour a small amount of salt on your pots or pans before you scrub them and the abrasive texture will remove the stuck food without damaging your cookware.

6. Relieves insect bites

Mix 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 cup of epsom salt in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the itchy skin for relief.

7. Relieves cold and flu symptoms

Soak yourself in an epsom bath to boost your immune system . It also helps in increasing white blood cells to help fight off infections. The salt also helps relax your muscles and soothe aches to help you sleep peacefully.

8. Hand wash

Mix 2 tablespoons of epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of olive oil to keep your hands soft . Put the mixture in a bottle and keep it on your bathroom sink .

9. Cleansing your hair

From all the styling products and hair food your hair has excess oil in it making it stink . 1cup epsom salt , 1cup lemon juice and 4 litres of water will help you cleanse your hair . Cover and let the mixture sit for 24 hours before use. Pour over your hair ,let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes , wash and condition as usual.

10. Acne and blemish treatment

It's an effective natural face cleanser and exfoliater . Mix a teaspoon of epsom salt with your normal facial . Allow it to dry completely on your face for at least 10 - 15 minutes and then wash with warm water and pat dry. To get rid of impurities and dead skin add a pinch of salt to your face wash , gently rub in a circular motion , rinse and moisturize.

11. Treat athletes feet

We use epsom salt to help relax tired feet and to treat athlete’s feet and toe nail fungus. Add 1/2 cup salt to warm water and soak your feet.

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12. Polish silver , brass and copper

Objects that are made from metals such as copper, silver or brass need regular cleaning or they can lose their shine. Mix salt with apple cider vinegar and rub the affected surfaces to remove any dirt, rust or tarnish that has developed on the surface of the metal.

13. Clean windows

Mix 1-2 tablespoons of salt with 4 litres of hot water. Put mixture on a clean cloth or spray on the window to help you get rid of the toughest stains and make them shiny once again. Mixture is safe to use on car windows.

14. Constipation relief

Epsom salt can be used internally as a gentle laxative only if you have mild constipation. Dissolve 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of water and drink.

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