Hints and Tips

Alcohol:
Sprinkle generously with Cerebos salt. Sponge with warm water when salt has absorbed colour from stain. Remove any remaining stain with methylated spirits.

Blood:
On fabrics. soak in cold water, adding 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt per litre. On upholstery or carpets. use blotting paper to absorb as much as possible. Sprinkle with Cerebos salt and leave for half an hour. Sponge with cold water.

Fruit Juice:
Sprinkle with Cerebos salt and leave for one hour. Rinse in hot water with 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt per litre.

Oil or Soot:
Rub stain thoroughly with plenty of Cerebos salt. Wash.

Grease:
Sprinkle with Cerebos salt and leave for one hour. Remove salt and rinse in warm water.

Ink:
Sprinkle stain generously with Cerebos salt and leave for one hour. Rinse well in hot water with 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt per litre.

Petrol:
If petrol is used to remove a stain it often leaves a mark – if the fabric is first rinsed in a solution of 3 x 15 ml spoons of Cerebos salt per litre, this will not happen.

Polished Wood:
To remove heat and scorch marks take 3 x 15 ml spoons of Cerebos salt and mix to a paste with a little olive oil. Spread the paste over the stained area only and leave for half an hour. Wipe off with a clean cloth and polish.

Perspiration:
Soak in a solution of 3 x 15 ml spoons of Cerebos salt per litre for one hour and then rinse in clean water.

Rust:
Dampen the spot with lemon juice or clean vinegar, sprinkle with Cerebos salt and leave to bleach in the sun.

Treating Surface Stains

Bamboo and Wicker Furniture:
Rub the stain vigorously with a damp cloth dipped in Cerebos salt.

Baths and Basins:
Rub drip marks with a cloth dipped in paraffin and Cerebos salt. Rinse with hot and then cold water. A damp, salted cloth will clean baths and basins.

China:
Rub tea and egg stains with a damp cloth dipped in Cerebos salt.

Cork Surfaces:
Rub the stain vigorously with a damp cloth dipped in Cerebos salt.

Tarnished silverware:
Rub tarnish with salt before washing

Tip:
Rub hands with Cerebos salt and the smells of petrol and onion disappears.

2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water, 2 tablespoons cooking oil and food colouring. Knead together until like bread dough. Keep in air-tight container in fridge.
Glass:
To clean glass vases: Put a 15 ml spoon of vinegar and 15 ml spoon of Cerebos salt into the vase and fill up with warm water. Leave to soak for 2 hours. Shake the salt liquid around the vase and rinse in clean water.

Windows and Mirrors:
A damp cloth sprinkled with Cerebos salt will remove paint splashes on windows and mirrors with gentle rubbing.

Burnt Saucepans:
Cover charred remains with Cerebos salt and when cool, add cold water, leave to soak for a few hours before cleaning.

Copper and Brass Ornaments:
Add 2 x 15 ml spoons of Sodium Carbonate (washing soda) to a bowl of warm water. Dip hall a lemon into Cerebos salt and rub the tarnished area. Rinse in the warm washing soda solution to remove salt and dirt. Polish with a clean cloth.

Bread Chopping Boards:
Rub wooden surface with a hall lemon dipped in Cerebos salt. For polished chopping boards use a cloth dipped in vinegar.

Brooms:
To stiffen up the bristles of a broom, old or new, add a handful of Cerebos salt to a basin of warm water and soak overnight.

Dustbins:
To counteract unpleasant smells from dustbins in “hot weather, sprinkle interior liberally with Cerebos salt.

Deodorising shoes:
Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will absorb the moisture and help remove odours.

Weeds:
If weeds or grass come up between the patio bricks, carefully spread salt between them then sprinkle with water.

Flowers:
A dash of salt added to water in a vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer

Candles:
Drip-proof candles by soaking the new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, and dry them well. When burned they will not drip.

Adding Cerebos salt to a dye solution ensures an even distribution of colour throughout the fabric and ensures that the item remains colour-last.

Cold Water Dye:
Use 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt for each tin of cold water dye.

Multi-purpose Dye:
Use 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt for each 250 g dry weight of clothes.

Colour Washes:
Add 1 x 15 ml spoon Cerebos salt to last rinse of wash to brighten colours.

Excess Suds:
Sprinkle with Cerebos salt to make suds subside. Use before rinse cycle.

Streaking:
When ‘blue’ detergent has been used for washing, put a handful of Cerebos salt into the rinsing water and this will remove any blue streaks.

Extinguish grease fires by keeping a large container of Cerebos handy at your stove and oven, and if a grease fire flares up, cover the flames with salt.
Cerebos and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your fridge and it won’t scratch the enamel.
To prevent food sticking to new aluminium frying pans, cover base well with a thick layer of Cerebos salt, heat very gently for about an hour, allow to cool. Remove salt and wipe – do not wash.
To give a new lease on life to “tired” silver, rub the silver all over with a damp cloth dipped in Cerebos salt. Rinse thoroughly and polish with a clean cloth.