Cleaning Rock Salt Off Clothing

With a couple of rags, a dry brush (with soft bristles), white vinegar and water, you can get most rock salt stains out of clothing.  Start with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with a quart of water. If you need to make it stronger, you can.

To clean clothes that are water-resistant, dip a cloth in the vinegar water mixture and rub the spotted area. If it doesn’t come off, gradually add more vinegar until it comes clean. Then blot the item dry with a clean cloth.

For other types of clothing, let the salt dry. Then brush it off with a brush that has soft bristles. Make sure that if there is any mud, that it is completely dry also before you brush. You don’t want to work the mud into the fabric. Now, you can put the item into the wash like usual.  If the clothing is a delicate fabric, we recommend sending it to the dry cleaners.



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Easy Way to Make Silver Sparkle

Here is a quick and inexpensive way to polish your silver jewelry and other silver pieces you have. Please note, this is for silver only. It can not be used on other metals.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 sheet tinfoil, shiny side up
  • Bowl or bucket (depends on how much you are doing)
  • Polishing cloth

Line the bottom and sides of the bowl with tinfoil, shiny side up. Then, add the salt and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl. Add the vinegar slowly (it fizzes) and mix everything together to dissolve the salt and baking soda. Make sure the granules dissolve so they do’t scratch your items. Now add the boiling water to the bowl and gently drop each piece of silver in the bowl. Now, just let them sit for a little bit. You may want to flip them with salad tongs to be sure all sides get exposed to the tinfoil.

Take each piece out and gently buff with your polishing cloth.

You now have beautiful, sparkling silver that you can wear and display again!