The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Salt Quiz

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The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Salt Quiz
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About This Quiz

Salt is one of those great chemicals that sits around underappreciated. You know you can use it to make your potatoes and gravy taste better, but did you know you can also use it to make plaster? Did you know you can use salt to clean a carpet? Take our quiz and discover the many ways in which you can use salt to help keep your home clean.
To clean enamel you should make a paste consisting of salt and what else?
vinegar
sugar
turpentine
Salt and turpentine combine to make a paste that cleans enamel very well. You can use it to clean your sink, your bathtub or your toilet bowl.

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A turpentine and salt paste should be allowed to sit on enamel for how long?
15 minutes
If you're using a salt and turpentine paste to restore enamel, you should let it sit for about 15 minutes before you wipe it off.
30 minutes
60 minutes

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Before using salt to clean a gravy stain, what should you do?
Mix the salt with turpentine.
Remove as much of the gravy as possible.
Salt and gravy mix better on mashed potatoes than on carpet. Remove as much of the gravy as possible, then apply the salt to the carpet to fight the stain.
Boil the salt in water.

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The salt and rubbing alcohol formula you use to fight grease stains calls for how many parts salt to how many parts alcohol?
1 part salt, 4 parts alcohol
You will need 80 percent rubbing alcohol and 20 percent salt to fight grease stains on a carpet.
2 parts salt, 2 parts alcohol
4 parts salt, 1 part alcohol

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When using a rubbing alcohol and salt mixture to remove grease stains from a carpet, which of these should you take care to do?
Let the liquid soak into the stain for an hour before removing it.
Rub the liquid into the carpet with force, but rub along the nap of the carpet.
You will need to rub your alcohol and salt mixture into the carpet with a bit of force, but rub in the direction of the carpet's nap, or you might remove more than just the grease stain.
Pour only 2 tablespoons of the liquid onto the stain.

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If you spill red wine on your carpet, what should you do?
Panic!
Sprinkle salt on the stain, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
You need not panic just because you spilled blood-red wine all over your gorgeous new carpet. Simply sprinkle the stain with salt, and let the salt soak up the wine for about 15 minutes.
Clean it with a mixture of salt, vinegar, and flour.

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After you've used salt to soak up a red-wine stain, what should you use to remove the rest of the stain?
turpentine
alcohol
water and vinegar
After the salt has soaked up what it can -- 15 minutes should do it -- mix 2/3 of a cup of water with 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and use the concoction to clean the carpet.

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To clean wicker, you should use which of these?
a mixture of salt and vinegar
saltwater and a stiff brush
Wicker should be cleaned using salt water and a stiff brush.
a salt and turpentine paste

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What should you use to dry wicker furniture?
a hair dryer
sunlight
The best way to dry wicker furniture is in direct sunlight.
cool air

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To remove water damage from wood, you should use which of these?
saltwater and a stiff brush
salad oil and salt
You can remove ugly water damage from wood by mixing salad oil and salt; use the resulting paste as though it were wood polish.
1 part salt and 4 parts rubbing alcohol

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Why should pewter be cleaned gently?
Pewter is expensive, and difficult to replace.
Pewter is a very soft metal that scratches easily.
Pewter is an extremely soft metal and it can be scratched very easily. Always clean pewter items gently.
Pewter has a thin, protective layer than rubs off easily.

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Which of these concoctions will clean pewter effectively?
Mix 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
Mix 2 cups of ammonia, 3 cups of bleach, and 3 cups of salt.
Mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and enough flour to thicken the liquid into a smooth paste.
Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of salt and enough flour to create a smooth paste.

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Pewter-cleaning paste should be allowed to dry for how long?
30 minutes
Apply the pewter-cleaning paste gently, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Remove with warm water and a soft cloth.
60 minutes
90 minutes

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If you mix 2 tablespoons of salt, with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and some water, what will you get?
plaster
Rather than spending a bunch of money on a huge bucket of plaster, when all you need is a little bit, use this recipe to create a plaster substitute.
glue
shoe polish

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If you soak new candles in a saltwater solution, what will happen to them?
The candles will never burn.
The candles will dissolve.
The candles won't drip when they burn.
You can use a strong saltwater solution to stop candles from dripping. Soak them for several hours and let them dry.

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If you throw a handful of salt into your lit fireplace, what will happen to the fire?
It will go out instantly.
It will take on a bright, yellow appearance.
When you throw salt onto a flame, the flame takes on a bright, yellow color.
It will begin to crackle very loudly.

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To make a paste suitable for removing rust, mix salt and water with which of these condiments?
ketchup
cream of tartar
Interestingly enough, the paste you make out of salt, water, and cream of tartar is great for removing rust.
mustard

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If you don't have any cream of tartar, and you want to remove some rust from an item, what can you use instead?
a nail file
a lemon juice-and-salt paste
Cream of tartar works best, but if you can't find any, you can make a paste out of lemon juice and salt instead.
hydrochloric acid

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Water-softening salts are intended to remove which of these minerals?
calcium and magnesium
So-called hard water has too much calcium and magnesium. You use special sodium pellets to remove these minerals and "soften" the water.
uranium and plutonium
lithium and sodium

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Which of these indicates that you have hard water?
water spots
If you notice a lot of water spots on your dishes and glassware, it's likely you're dealing with hard water.
scratched glasses
dirty dishes

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