When you think of sea salt, your mind might instantly go to your favorite recipe like this dark chocolate and sea salt tartine. As delicious as sea salt is on our favorite foods, turns out it actually has quite a few other uses. From natural detoxification of the body, to getting rid of those pesky sweat stains on your favorite tee, there are plenty of reasons to bring sea salt into your bathroom, and even your laundry room. Skeptical? Check out these five ways to use sea salt outside of the kitchen.
A Detoxifying Bath
Probably one of the most popular uses of salt (of any kind—sea salt, Epsom or otherwise) is as a soak in the bath. It's commonly known as a way to detoxify your body and remove potentially harmful byproducts like heavy metals. But sea salt can also offer an array of mineral benefits like potassium, iron and zinc. If you plan to use your sea salt for a bath, make sure to purchase a high-quality variety. Avoid salt that has a darker shade to it because that is a sign of impurities.
Salt in general has been known as a natural scouring agent for years. So if you're looking to make some switches to non-toxic in your household cleaning supplies, sea salt is a great alternative. You can make toilet bowl cleaner, a paste to shine up your oven, or even whip up homemade laundry softener that will have your clothes smelling super fresh.
Sea Salt Spray
Lots of popular brands sell a sea salt spray hair product. It does amazing things for your locks, but did you know you can skip the splurge and make it yourself at home? You probably already have everything you need. All you have to do is get a spray bottle, 1 tablespoon sea salt, 1 cup warm water and shake together until the sea salt is dissolved. Then add a mixture of 1 tablespoon organic and unrefined coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of a leave-in conditioner of your choice. That's it! You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil as well for extra scent.
Usually people think of sugar when it comes to making homemade body scrubs, but sea salt is also an excellent option. To make a sea salt scrub, just combine salt with your favorite carrier oil in a glass container. A carrier oil will help hold everything together so it's easier to apply, but acts a moisturizer while the salt exfoliates. You can choose an already scented oil like a sweet almond, or you can simply use grape seed or jojoba and then add drops of your favorite pure essential oil for scent.
Sweat Stain Removal
Do you ever look at your favorite tops and see yellow sweat stains in the armpits from your perspiration? It's the worst, but there's a solution! Just mix 4 tablespoons sea salt with one quart of hot water and use a sponge to dab at your sweat stains. They'll start to fade and your shirt will look like new again in no time.