Salt - In the Laundry
Fix Sticking Iron - Sticky spots on an iron can really ruin a clean white shirt or other fabric. Salt can be used to easily remove the tar-like substance from the surface of your household iron. Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove the rough, sticky spots. Repeat if necessary, until the troublesome substance has been completely removed.
Freshen your Laundry and Prevent Iron from Sticking - You'll be surprised by the improvements in the ironing that a little bit of salt will make. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linens and fine cottons a glossy, brand-new finish.
Remove Mildew Stains - Before you dispose of that mildewy garment that has been sitting in your closet or attic just a bit too long, try first using a little bit of salt and lemon to freshen it. Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching; finally rinse and dry. Follow up by laundering as usual.
Remove Bloodstains - Bloodstains can be among the toughest stains to remove from clothing and fabrics. Soak the stained clothing or cloth in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water, and boil after the wash. (Use only on cotton, linen, or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)
Brighten Yellowed Cotton or Linens - Cotton and linen items can appear old well before their time; but salt can be used to remove the yellow cast and brighten these fabrics. Boil the yellowed items for 1 hour in a solution of water and equal parts salt and baking soda, using 1/2 cup per gallon of water used.
Removing Perspiration Stains - Yellowed perspiration stains can really ruin otherwise useable T-shirts. Salt can be used to give these stained items a new life. Add 4 tablespoons salt to 1 quart hot water, and sponge the fabric with the solution until the stain disappears.
brightening Colors - Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.
Remove Wine Stains from Cotton Fabric - Anybody who has ever tried to remove a wine or grape stain from an item of cotton clothing knows that it is usually a lost cause. Salt can be of great use in this situation. Immediately pour salt on the fabric to soak up the stain and then immerse the fabric in cold water for half an hour. Follow this up by laundering the item as usual.
Soften New Jeans - The uncomfortable stiffness of new denim jeans can be easily remedied by adding 1/2 cup salt to the water in your washer along with detergent. Your jeans will be soft and supple from the first time you wear them.
Settling Suds - If a washing machine bubbles over from too many suds, sprinkle salt on the suds to reduce them. You can do the same for a tub of dishwasher in which the bubbles have gotten out of control or a bubble bath that is overflowing onto your bathroom floor. Adding salt is an old college trick to the settle the foam in a glass of beer that has been poured too quickly.
Rust Stains on Washable Garments - Rust Stains are one of the trickiest stains to remove with commercial cleaners, but this simple salt solution defies the idea that they are impossible to remove. Rub a paste of equal parts salt and vinegar into the stain; let stand 30 minutes, then launder as usual.