Personal Care

Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use, they’ll last longer.

Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda — dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush as usual. You can also use the same mix dissolved in water for orthodontic applications.

Mix salt and warm water, and gargle with this to relieve a sore throat.

Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda in water for a fresh and deodorizing mouth rinse.

For cankers, abscesses, and other mouth sores rinse your mouth with a weak solution of warm salt water several times a day.

Ouch? Immediately dampen the area and pack on a small pile of salt to reduce pain and swelling.

A saltwater soak can do wonders for that mosquito-bite itch — a pinch of salt mixed with olive oil can help, too.

Same method as for treating mosquito bites (salt doesn’t seem to distinguish between itches.

After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It freshens skin and boosts circulation.