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Seven Practical Uses of Salt For Emergencies

Salt should be on the checklist of things to stockpile on for emergency situations. In an emergency, here are 7 clever ways to use this simple yet effective seasoning.

A note on salt storage: Salt should be packed in paper packets and is one of the few foods that never goes bad. All you have to do now is keep pests, dirt, and damp out. Because bugs dislike salt, dampness is your main adversary. Vacuum-sealed bags with moisture absorbers provide a great deal of security. Moreover, pint-sized bags provide a good serving size, although gallon-sized bags may be better for individuals who plan to use salt for several of the items on this list.

Extinguish a grease fire

Salt, like baking soda, can be used to extinguish grease fires (a Class B fire). Unlike baking soda, which works by absorbing heat and smothering the fire, salt works by absorbing heat and smothering the fire. This can be lifesaving in calamities like as earthquakes, when the risk of gas and electrical fires increases dramatically.

Taking care of wounds 

While salt is indeed painful, it does provide bacteria and germs with an unfavorable habitat. Some wounds respond well to salt water treatments for irrigating and washing. If I were in a catastrophic survival situation and needed to disinfect, I would pour salt on a cut since some discomfort is preferable than an infection if antibiotics aren't available.

Treating bee stings

If you've been stung, moisten the area and cover it in Epsom salt to reduce the discomfort. Salt can really aid in the treatment of a bee sting. Epsom salt instead of regular table salt. bee A bee sting can be treated with Epsom salt and water to minimize swelling and pain. The stinger is likewise drawn to the surface. When applied to a bee sting, a simple paste consisting of Epsom salt and water can help ease discomfort. That's because magnesium and sulfate diminish edema and can even attract the stinger to the surface.

Treatment for oral wounds

In a survival emergency, gargle with a mixture of salt and warm water to cure oral wounds. Warm salt water helps reduce the agony of canker sores, a mouth cut, and even a sore throat. The salt also aids in the healing of the wound by slowing the growth of bacteria.


Using salt water as a cleaning agent

You need to clean utensils, pots and pans you're using quickly and thoroughly in an emergency situation, and not want to waste a lot of water. Scrub them using a salt and water paste, then rinse them with only a little water at the end.

Repel flies

Flies are annoying at any time, but they're especially bothersome when you're outside in an emergency. House flies carry myriad diseases. It's vital to do all possible to keep them away, and salt can assist.

To make a spray, simply combine two tablespoons of salt with a glass of water. Apply to places where flies are a frequent problem. They will be instantaneously repelled by the solution.

How to get rid of poison ivy

If you notice spots where poison ivy has taken hold, apply three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water with a sprayer on leaves and stems. To destroy poison ivy, combine all ingredients and spray or pour over stems and leaves.


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