Monday, November 3, 2008

Day 196 of our Green Year: Uses For Salt

Most of us think of salt as something bad for the environment because of its ability to kill vegetation, but the truth is that it can have many good uses for those leading environmentally-sustainable lives.

Here are just a few tips for salt in the home that Layla and I will be using:
  1. You can use salt as a polish for brash, silver and copper by mixing it with vinegar to make a paste. Then use a soft cloth to buff. After, rinse with water.
  2. If you spill oil or eggs, you can cover the area with salt and it will make it much easier to pick up.
  3. Equal parts of salt and hot water poured down a drain will dissolve buildup and get rid of bad smells.
  4. If your home windows, or your car windows are full of frost, you can dip a sponge into a salt/water solution and wipe down your windows. Let it dry and after you do this, it will prevent frost from collecting.
  5. If you got greasy cookware, you can put salt on it to help cut the grease while you clean.
  6. Sponges in the kitchen can get a lot of bad bacteria on them. You can keep this from happening by soaking the sponges in a heavy saline solution.
  7. If ants are walking into your kitchen, put salt down where they are coming through and they will stop coming in.
  8. A great mouthwash that is not full of harmful chemicals is to dissolve a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into about half a cup of warm water. Swish it around and gargle.
  9. If you have a grease fire, you can throw salt on it to help extinguish it (although a fire extinguisher is a much better bet)
For all our American readers. GO VOTE TOMORROW FOR CHANGE!

While many people are saying that tough economic times means the downfall of the environmental movement, I say 'HOGWASH!' and here are some stats from to prove it.

  • 63 Percent of Americans said they believe tackling climate change will benefit the economy
  • 52 Percent said tackling climate change will not personally cost them money
  • Most prefer to contribute by changing their behavior and spending extra time rather than spending extra money
  • Those feeling financially worse off than last year are scarcely less committed than those feeling better off: 41 percent of people who said they believe themselves to be financially worse off also said "I am focusing on making changes to my life to combat climate change," only three percentage points below those who did not feel financially worse off
  • The percentage of people who selected six or seven on a scale of one to seven for level of agreement to the statement "Climate change and how we respond to it are among the biggest issues I worry about today" was just 18 percent in 2007, but climbed dramatically to 24 percent in 2008
  • •The percentage of people who selected six or seven on a scale of one to seven for level of agreement to the statement "I am personally making a significant effort to help reduce climate change through how I live my life today" similarly climbed from 13 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2008