Content of the material
- Salts shelf life is tied to its preservative properties
- Aquarium Salt Care Usage
- Easy DIY Bath Salts with Expiration Dates
- Festive Bath Salts
- Silky Rose Bath Salts
- Seaside Bath Salts
- Moon Baths with Bath Salts
- Other FAQs about Salt which you may be interested in
- How to store salt?
- Bath salt ingredients and their shelf life
- Essential oils:
- Citric acid:
- Baking soda:
- Can Himalayan Salt Go Bad?
- Shelf Life of Salt
- Recent Posts
Salts shelf life is tied to its preservative propertiesShutterstock
The reason why our table salt never goes bad is tied to salt’s preservative properties. According to History.com, salt and its ability to preserve was first discovered by the Egyptians who used it to preserve meats and their mummies that they might ship down the Nile River. Why is salt able to increase a food’s shelf life? Salt is devoid of water and can actually absorb moisture from foods that would otherwise create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. This is why your natural salt does not go bad: bacteria and microorganisms aren’t able to accumulate and spoil it.
That said, iodized salt, which contains iodine, only has a shelf life of about 5 years. This chemical additive will break down over time, so it is important to pay attention to your iodized salt’s expiration date. But Real Salt also notes that salt can still become a victim to its elements, soaking up steam and odors that impact flavor, depending on how it is being stored. They suggest keeping your salt in an airtight container to ensure its longevity.
Aquarium Salt Care Usage
There are many benefits of using aquarium salt, yet you do need to be careful when doing so. One of the first things to know is that salt will never evaporate, so adding more to your tank will make the concentration higher and thus cause other problems, as well as the risk of killing your fish and plants.
Freshwater fish owners need to understand that even if their fish can tolerate these small doses of salt, many freshwater plants are unable to do so.
One other area where owners need to be careful is when fish are spawning. At this time, the addition of salt can cause fish eggs to dehydrate as well as killing the male sperm.
The type of fish you have also needs some consideration. If you have bottom feeders, these are sensitive to salt in higher concentrations. Corydoras Catfish and Chinese algae eaters being two, which will be affected.
With this in mind, if the does are added gradually over a few days, then they can adjust, yet if the dose is added in one go, this can shock any delicate species in the tank.
Tank owners do need to know that there is no compromise with aquarium salt and other forms. It is a more expensive salt, and it is more costly for a reason. It isn’t worth the life of your fish to experiment and try using another form of salt.
Easy DIY Bath Salts with Expiration Dates
Here are several different DIY bath salts recipes you can whip up in no time, along with the expiration dates. (Expiration dates assume that the ingredients are fresh at the time you make the bath salts.)
Festive Bath Salts
I give these bath salts as holiday gifts, because they are festive, pretty and smell great! Makes 4 servings – use ½ cup per bath.
Mix the following ingredients in a bowl and then store in an air-tight container with the label:
- 2 c Epsom salt
- 25-30 drops red soap dye
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- 1 Tbsp castor oil
- ½ c fresh rosemary sprigs (separated from the stalk)
Expires 1 month from the date of mixing.
Silky Rose Bath Salts
Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container with a label. This is a hydrating, soothing recipe to help exfoliate dry, irritated skin. Great for cracked heels and elbows. Makes 4 servings – use ½ cup per bath.
- 2 c Pink Himalayan Salt
- 10 drops rose essential oil
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- Dried rose petals
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
Expires 2 years after making.
Seaside Bath Salts
This recipe uses decongesting essential oils and is great when you have a cold or allergies. Makes 4 servings – use ½ cup per bath.
- 2 c Dead Sea Salt, Divided
- 5 drops spearmint essential oil
- 5 drops camphor essential oil
- 1 Tbsp jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda, divided
- Clear mason jar (s)
Bowl 1: Add 10-15 drops of light blue colorant to 1 cup of dead sea salt and mix well. Add peppermint essential oil to this bowl and mix again. Now mix in ¼ cup baking soda.
Bowl 2: Add 5 drops of camphor essential oil to 1 cup of dead sea salt and mix well. Now add ¼ cup baking soda and mix.
Create layers of blue and white in your mason jar for a striped appearance.
For this recipe, divide the dead sea salt into two separate bowls. The shelf life of jojoba oil is 5 years, while spearmint and camphor essential oils last 2-3 years. So this recipe will expire 2 years from the time you make it.
Moon Baths with Bath Salts
See my post about how to take a moon bath and get a recipe that uses bath salts for each lunar phase of the moon! Moon bathing can help you connect with the rhythms of the universe and manifest a deeply held wish or intention.
Other FAQs about Salt which you may be interested in
How to store salt?
For storing salt, treat it like other spices like chili powder and pepper. The rule of thumb is to store any type of salt in a cool and dry place in a well-sealed container to protect it from absorbing unwanted flavors. Keep the salt in a cabinet to protect it from picking up unwanted odors.
An unopened salt package can be stored in the pantry. An opened package is best kept in the kitchen. It is recommended to transfer some of the salt into a resealable salt container or shaker and store the rest of the salt separately.
Iodized salt must be stored away from heat or else it will lose all of its iodine content gradually. Using an airtight container for keeping salt is important to prevent clumping which results due to the hygroscopic nature of the salt.
Bath salt ingredients and their shelf life
The ingredients used in bath salts may have a greater shelf life. It somehow influences the shelf life of the bath salt too. Let’s take a look at them
The main ingredient of bath salt is different types of salts. These salts remove dried skins and marks easily. Every salt remains for a long time if it is properly stored. Let’s take a look at their shelf life.
- Epsom salt – 1-2 years.
- Himalayan salt – 2 years.
- Sea salt – Indefinite.
Essential oils are added to increase the softness of the bath salt to make it applicable to the skin.
Eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, olive oil, or fragrance oils are mostly used here. Normally essential oils have a shelf life of 2 years or more.
If it comes in contact with moisture continuously, it may not last long. Preservation is necessary here.
Citric acid adds the shelf life to the bath salt. It doesn’t have any expiration date as long as it can be stored. Remember to store it properly. That’s how one can increase the shelf life.
Baking soda is one of the important ingredients of bath salt which lasts for almost 2 years. Proper storing should be done to preserve it as baking soda doesn’t have a shelf life.
Can Himalayan Salt Go Bad?
Yes, just like any other salt, Himalayan salt can also go bad but only if proper measures are not taken. With time, the taste can surely go bad and this happens because of the dust particles and bad odor that it absorbs from the atmosphere.
This is another reason for keeping your salt in an airtight container and storing it in a dry place to protect it from going bad.
Shelf Life of Salt
The shelf life of a given type of salt, then, is determined by the kinds of impurities it contains and how high a percentage of impurities it contains. The more impurities, the greater the likelihood that some spoilage, or at least some deterioration, might occur.
In the simplest case, this might just mean that the salt’s distinctive flavor notes will fade over time. This is slightly disappointing, especially if you’ve paid a premium price for exactly those notes, but the salt is still salty and still safe to eat and use normally as long as its taste doesn’t become actually unpleasant. This is the closest salt comes to spoilage in the conventional sense.
Salt also attracts moisture from the air, and sea salt doesn’t contain the anti-clumping ingredients you’ll find in table salt. This means that it can absorb odors and flavors from the steamy kitchen air, and can also harden into a lump from the moisture. This doesn’t spoil it, but does make it difficult to use.
Some sea salts also contain mold spores, which can be more problematic. While salt attracts moisture, it’s unlikely to become damp enough for the mold spores to come to life before you add it to food. If you add it at the table, or while you’re cooking, the spores –again – won’t have time to come to life and reproduce before you eat them. If you use that salt for preserving vegetables or curing meat, though, they may contaminate your food.