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?

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.

A turpentine and salt paste should be allowed to sit on enamel for how long?

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.

Before using salt to clean a gravy stain, what should you do?

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.

The salt and rubbing alcohol formula you use to fight grease stains calls for how many parts salt to how many parts alcohol?

You will need 80 percent rubbing alcohol and 20 percent salt to fight grease stains on a carpet.

When using a rubbing alcohol and salt mixture to remove grease stains from a carpet, which of these should you take care to do?

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.

If you spill red wine on your carpet, what should you do?

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.

After you've used salt to soak up a red-wine stain, what should you use to remove the rest of the stain?

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.

To clean wicker, you should use which of these?

Wicker should be cleaned using salt water and a stiff brush.

What should you use to dry wicker furniture?

The best way to dry wicker furniture is in direct sunlight.

To remove water damage from wood, you should use which of these?

You can remove ugly water damage from wood by mixing salad oil and salt; use the resulting paste as though it were wood polish.

Why should pewter be cleaned gently?

Pewter is an extremely soft metal and it can be scratched very easily. Always clean pewter items gently.

Which of these concoctions will clean pewter effectively?

Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of salt and enough flour to create a smooth paste.

Pewter-cleaning paste should be allowed to dry for how long?

Apply the pewter-cleaning paste gently, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Remove with warm water and a soft cloth.

If you mix 2 tablespoons of salt, with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and some water, what will you get?

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.

If you soak new candles in a saltwater solution, what will happen to them?

You can use a strong saltwater solution to stop candles from dripping. Soak them for several hours and let them dry.

If you throw a handful of salt into your lit fireplace, what will happen to the fire?

When you throw salt onto a flame, the flame takes on a bright, yellow color.

To make a paste suitable for removing rust, mix salt and water with which of these condiments?

Interestingly enough, the paste you make out of salt, water, and cream of tartar is great for removing rust.

If you don't have any cream of tartar, and you want to remove some rust from an item, what can you use instead?

Cream of tartar works best, but if you can't find any, you can make a paste out of lemon juice and salt instead.

Water-softening salts are intended to remove which of these minerals?

So-called hard water has too much calcium and magnesium. You use special sodium pellets to remove these minerals and "soften" the water.

Which of these indicates that you have hard water?

If you notice a lot of water spots on your dishes and glassware, it's likely you're dealing with hard water.

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