Table salt may seem like an odd item to stock up on. However, when you think about it, salt is pretty important for a number of uses. For one, it’s great for adding flavor to otherwise bland food. Even more, according to the Salt Association, the human body needs salt to regulate bodily functions and maintain overall fluid levels and balance.
Table salt has even more uses in survival situations. Let’s take a look.
After you’ve used up all of your canned and processed food when SHTF, you can use table salt as a sodium supplement. Salt can also work as a toothpaste to keep up your dental hygiene. You can use salt to clean your cast iron cookware and get rid of any food bits that may be stuck as well.
If you butcher your own chickens, try rubbing salt onto the chicken’s skin to remove pin feathers; this process will save you a lot of time. You can also soak fish in salt water before you descale them as the salt will make the scales easier to remove.
Adding salt to the rinse water of your laundry will allow you to hang dry your clothes without worrying about them freezing; salt water doesn’t freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit like fresh water does. However, the water will still freeze at lower temperatures.
It may seem strange, but salt actually has its place for medical uses. For example, it can protect wounds by creating an uninhabitable environment for bacteria and other pathogens. Bee stings undoubtedly hurt, but you can wet the area immediately and pour salt over it to relieve the pain.
Mixed with warm water, salt can help relieve a sore throat if you gargle it several times throughout the day. If you mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with a 1/4 cup of salt and store it in an airtight container, you can add the mixture to warm, sterilized water for an effective nasal rinse. Use 1/4 teaspoon at a time.
You can soak your feet in warm saltwater to relax. Or mix 3 pounds of salt with one gallon of soapy water and spray it over poison ivy plants to kill them. You can sprinkle salt along your doorways and windows to deter pests, such as ants, from entering your home. If you’re the supernatural type, you may want to use salt to keep spirits out as well.
Salt is corrosive, so proper storage is essential. The best method of storing salt is putting it in vacuum-sealed bags and placing those bags into a plastic tote. Salt itself doesn’t necessarily go bad. However, moisture will ruin it. Be sure to add moisture absorbers in each bag of salt you store.
Looking for more survival uses for salt? Check out how salt can preserve meat and start preserving yours just as they did before the invention of refrigeration and processed foods.
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