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Clean Up Messy Spills with Salt

f Rose Smythe of San Francisco, Calif., spills oil or accidently drops an egg, she cleans up the mess with salt. She covers the spill with a generous amount of table or kosher salt (for eggs, she removes any large shell pieces first) and lets the mixture sit until the moisture has been soaked up, about 5 minutes. Once a paste has formed, she scoops it up with a paper towel or dustpan before cleaning the area with

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