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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Are you having issues with salt on your car, footwear and clothing?

Well it is winter in Wisconsin!  Yes, we all know.  :)  I seem to see a lot more salt out this year than last, maybe that is just my imagination.

Clothing:
  • Remove as much salt as possible from the article.  Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water.
  • Brush with a toothbrush or soft brush, only in the area that has the salt.  
  • Rinse with the rest of the vinegar mixture.
  • Launder in cold water.
  • Dry.  (Make sure to check the treated area before sticking in the dryer.)  If there is still a spot you can retreat before drying.

Shoes and Boots:
  • Remove as much salt as possible from the article.  Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water.
  • Brush with a toothbrush or soft brush, only in the area that has the salt.  (You can use a tougher brush for footwear, as long as they are not dress shoes.)
  • Rinse with the rest of the vinegar mixture.
  • Launder in cold water.
  • Dry.  (I put sneakers in the washer and dryer, I use a lower heat or if you have an air cycle.)

Vehicles:
If the salt is on the outside you can wash your car and get the undercarriage wash at the same time.  When we purchased our most recent vehicle we were told to keep it out of the garage when it is snowing or raining (not big storms but just regular precipitation).  This will help clean off the grime and salt.  Of course with the inconsistency of weather you never know when this will be a possibility.  Also you don't want to get your car washed when it is too cold, a frozen door doesn't do anyone any good.


It is important to get the salt off your vehicle, though, so I recommend taking a warm wet sponge to the problem areas.  Just stay warm while you are out there. :)  Do not add soap, with the cold temps you will probably get clouding.  So just treat the areas with the warm wet sponge and when the weather is nicer treat your automobile to a great wash!


KEEP THE SALT OUT OF YOUR HOME!!!
If your child attends a child care center you might be used to removing or covering your shows before entering classrooms to avoid the salt going through the building.
Do the same at home!  You don't need that getting in the house and then having the chance of a little one or a pet eating it.
Designate a spot for shoes and boots to go as you walk in the house.  Not only is it better for your family and pets but your floors will thank you. :)

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