HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Salt Quiz
by Staff
Salt is one of those great chemicals that sits around underappreciated. You know you can use it to make your potatoes and gravy taste better, but did you know you can also use it to make plaster? Did you know you can use salt to clean a carpet? Take our quiz and discover the many ways in which you can use salt to help keep your home clean.

To clean enamel you should make a paste consisting of salt and what else?

  • vinegar
  • sugar
  • turpentine

A turpentine and salt paste should be allowed to sit on enamel for how long?

  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes

Before using salt to clean a gravy stain, what should you do?

  • Mix the salt with turpentine.
  • Remove as much of the gravy as possible.
  • Boil the salt in water.

The salt and rubbing alcohol formula you use to fight grease stains calls for how many parts salt to how many parts alcohol?

  • 1 part salt, 4 parts alcohol
  • 2 parts salt, 2 parts alcohol
  • 4 parts salt, 1 part alcohol

When using a rubbing alcohol and salt mixture to remove grease stains from a carpet, which of these should you take care to do?

  • Let the liquid soak into the stain for an hour before removing it.
  • Rub the liquid into the carpet with force, but rub along the nap of the carpet.
  • Pour only 2 tablespoons of the liquid onto the stain.

If you spill red wine on your carpet, what should you do?

  • Panic!
  • Sprinkle salt on the stain, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Clean it with a mixture of salt, vinegar, and flour.

After you've used salt to soak up a red-wine stain, what should you use to remove the rest of the stain?

  • turpentine
  • alcohol
  • water and vinegar

To clean wicker, you should use which of these?

  • a mixture of salt and vinegar
  • saltwater and a stiff brush
  • a salt and turpentine paste

What should you use to dry wicker furniture?

  • a hair dryer
  • sunlight
  • cool air

To remove water damage from wood, you should use which of these?

  • saltwater and a stiff brush
  • salad oil and salt
  • 1 part salt and 4 parts rubbing alcohol

Why should pewter be cleaned gently?

  • Pewter is expensive, and difficult to replace.
  • Pewter is a very soft metal that scratches easily.
  • Pewter has a thin, protective layer than rubs off easily.

Which of these concoctions will clean pewter effectively?

  • Mix 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
  • Mix 2 cups of ammonia, 3 cups of bleach, and 3 cups of salt.
  • Mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and enough flour to thicken the liquid into a smooth paste.

Pewter-cleaning paste should be allowed to dry for how long?

  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 90 minutes

If you mix 2 tablespoons of salt, with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and some water, what will you get?

  • plaster
  • glue
  • shoe polish

If you soak new candles in a saltwater solution, what will happen to them?

  • The candles will never burn.
  • The candles will dissolve.
  • The candles won't drip when they burn.

If you throw a handful of salt into your lit fireplace, what will happen to the fire?

  • It will go out instantly.
  • It will take on a bright, yellow appearance.
  • It will begin to crackle very loudly.

To make a paste suitable for removing rust, mix salt and water with which of these condiments?

  • ketchup
  • cream of tartar
  • mustard

If you don't have any cream of tartar, and you want to remove some rust from an item, what can you use instead?

  • a nail file
  • a lemon juice-and-salt paste
  • hydrochloric acid

Water-softening salts are intended to remove which of these minerals?

  • calcium and magnesium
  • uranium and plutonium
  • lithium and sodium

Which of these indicates that you have hard water?

  • water spots
  • scratched glasses
  • dirty dishes