Redmond Real Sea Salt 25 pound bag

Uses For Salt

I just received my 25 pound bag of Redmond Real Sea Salt (ground Fine). It should last awhile! I began purchasing Redmond salt some time ago. Mined in Utah from ancient sea bed. Good tasting salt!

Anyway, I kept buying it in relatively small quantities – along with other types such as pink Himalayan sea salt too (also good). Given that prices are going up pretty quick on everything these days, I decided on the big quantity.

25 Pound Bag
(Redmond on amzn)

Uses for salt go beyond that of food flavor or baking chemistry. Salt has a number of other additional uses as well.

We need salt to survive. “The human body contains many salts, of which sodium chloride (AKA common table salt) is the major one, making up around 0.4 per cent of the body’s weight at a concentration pretty well equivalent to that in seawater.” reported by BBC Science Focus.

Although many people get enough salt (or sometimes too much) from the typical junk food diet, it’s a great prepper/preparedness item to have in your ‘survival kitchen’ inventory.

Okay, lets talk about what we came here for… the uses for salt. I originally started with 30 when I first published this. Now up to 35 uses for salt. Maybe you can add a few more to the list…

Can’t say I’ve tried all these (only a few), but interesting nonetheless. For me, it’s about flavoring the food.

Uses for Salt

Perk Up Coffee Flavor
Add a pinch of Salt to the coffee in the basket of your coffeemaker. This will improve the coffee’s flavor by helping to remove some of the acid taste. It works!

Dispose of Disposal Odor
To help remove odors from garbage disposals, pour 1/2 cup of Salt directly into the garbage disposal. By running the disposal following manufacturer’s directions, you’ll send those odors down the drain.

Eliminate Fish Odors
Removing fish odor from your hands is simple with Salt. Just rub your hands with a lemon wedge dipped in salt, then rinse with water.

Cut Cutting Board Odors
To help cut odors off of your wooden cutting board, simply pour a generous amount of Salt directly on the board. Rub lightly with a damp cloth. Wash in warm, sudsy water.

Soothe Sore Throats
To alleviate the discomfort of a mild sore throat, gargle several times daily with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon Salt and 1/2 cup warm water. It’s like taking a liquid lozenge.

Soak Your Feet
To prepare a salt water bath, pour 6 quarts (1-1/2 gallons) warm water in a large basin. Mix in 1/4 cup Salt and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak feet for up to 15 minutes.

Peeling eggs
Eggs boiled in salted water peel more easily.

Testing egg freshness
Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.

Cleaning greasy pans
The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you use a little salt in it and wipe with paper.

Cleaning stained cups
Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.

Removing pinfeathers
To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.

Preventing mold
To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.

Keeping milk fresh
Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.

Relieving bee stings
If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.

Removing soot
Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a bright yellow flame.

Keeping cut flowers fresh
A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.

Keeping patios weed-free
If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.

Killing poison ivy
Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer.

Deodorizing shoes
Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.

Save the bottom of your oven
If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke and smell, and it will bake into a crust that makes the baked-on mess much easier to clean when it has cooled.

Clean a gunky iron bottom
Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.

Deter ants
Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.

Tame a wild barbeque
Toss a bit of salt on flames from food dripping in barbecue grills to reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water does).

Clean teeth
Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda–dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual.

Scaling fish
Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

Non-stick pancakes
Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.

Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

Melt snow and ice
Sprinkle salt on snow or ice to melt away.

Clean cast iron skillets
Sprinkle salt in skillet and scrub.

Remove onion smell from hands
Just wet hands with water, sprinkle salt on your wet hands, rub hands together as if washing them, and rinse…smell is gone.

Snails /Slugs in garden
Sprinkle salt to kill snails.

Scalp cleanse
Wet hair, apply shampoo, pour few tsps. salt on head/scalp. Rub vigorously with finger tips. Rinse well.

Neti pot
Use this special salt (or equivalent) with a ‘neti pot’ to clear sinus /nasal passages.

Bathtub soak
Epsom salts for soothing cleansing bath and muscle relief.

It’s a very old way of preserving meat by packing it in salt.

Quote from a MSB reader:

“The most important use of salt is to prevent hyponatremia in our body. Hyponatremia is caused by many factors. Low sodium results in low blood volume (shock) and death quickly follows. Understanding the need for salt intake is important. I mention it here only to alert readers to read about this in depth elsewhere so that you recognize the symptoms, cause and treatment In times of SHTF. This will save a life.”

Add your own uses for salt in the comments below:

[ Read: Curing Meat By Dry Salting Or With A Salt Brine ]


  1. Wellllll if you are superstitious you can sprinkle salt around door ways to keep out ghost and demons……….. 👹👽👻………😉

  2. Put up two 50 pound white(not iodized)salt blocks a while back plus 10 one pound bags of that pink Himalayan stuff.
    In the middle of WI I figured that was plenty but that opinion may change depending on future circumstances.

  3. Rock salt, actual salt collected from ponds along the seashore here has been used for eons by the native Hawaiians for all sorts of stuff, from seasoning foods and salting meats to use as a medicine.
    Getting a sore throat? Gargle with salt water.
    Sores? Rub salt on them. That last one im not so sure about but jumping innthe ocean always used to make me feel better, now days the water near shore is dirty from all the tourist and from other pollutants. Its sad

    1. I kinda like steaks grilled hot fire, just sprinkle some rock salt on em and im good

  4. I use rock salt to sterilize around my fences and walkways. Gotta replenish about every 3 yrs. Not much will grow in salted ground.

  5. Wellllll.
    A lot of good uses for Salt, I sure as heck would not use that High $ stuff for most of the though.
    I also like and store the Redman Salt, I get the regular grind and the very fine ground, got somewhere around 50+ #s somewhere. But just for the heck of it, I checked out the Amazon link.
    OMG!!!!! $104 for 25 pounds!!!?? Thinking I paid somewhere around $30 a 25# bag for most of mine.
    I also store “Pickering/Canning Salt” and a mess of Rock Salt, even have loaded up a few 12ga shells with that.
    As far as uses.
    Only odd thing I can think of is tossing a pinch over the left shoulder if you spill any……
    Just remember without Salt in your diet, your toast, as in dead.
    Just don’t over do it.

  6. Be sure to pick up some Celtic sea salt too. According to some nutritionists, Celtic (and Redmond) contain the most minerals necessary for the human body. I like to keep a varied selection of different sea salts from all over just for the different mineral content. Probably should stock up on canning/pickling salt also, tho I think you can use the Redmond for canning too, right?

  7. Along with the salt & baking soda for brushing teeth, using a water/salt mix as a gargle/rinse is good for toughening up your gums so that an energetic dental cleaning doesn’t leave you gums bleeding so much

  8. Prefer baking soda and over 50years of use my dentist is amazed. Also supplement with hydrogen peroxide which kills tarter and heals bleeding gums in a day.

  9. I stock up a lot of salt. Not just for cooking and preserving though. Most people are unaware that chlorine bleach can be easily made with salt water. I plan to use it as a big part of my bartering items. MSR (the camping gear maker) makes a community chlorine maker for about $250. A Christian ministry called Safe Water International Ministries makes one for $100. Just make sure to have it sent to you instead of as a donation. A YouTube channel called the King of Random shows how to DIY one at the beach with ocean water. The bleach doesn’t have anywhere near the shelf life of store bought bleach but it works fine for small amounts to purify water.

    1. Arty, that’s interesting. It reminded me of when (years ago) I owned a house with a swimming pool. It had a chlorine generator inline with the system. A proper amount of salt was initially added to the pool, and from that point on it made it’s own chlorine. Never really had to add more salt, because it would turn back to salt. Expensive though.

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