If you throw salt onto a log fire, the soot will not build up in the chimney which will make your spring cleaning in that area much easier.
Get at the patio wicker furniture which has dulled and become grimy staying unused over the cold months.
Scrub the furniture vigorously with a very stiff brush that has been dipped in salt water.
If stubborn rust stains have appeared, make up a mixture of salt and turpentine and scrub those rust marks away.
Wash and dry thoroughly, remembering that putting things away slightly moist will encourage rust.