How Long Does Himalayan Salt Last?

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And today’s question from a reader is … How long does Himalayan salt last?

Are we talking about salt lamps? Or maybe about salt blocks? Because we’re not sure and our dear letter sender didn’t specify, let’s just answer both questions.

How long will a salt lamp last?

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Barring any accidents, a Himalayan salt lamp will last forever. Its crystalline form is more than 250 million years old so you can expect it to last for decades in your ownership.

When your salt lamp sweats, understand that it is NOT shrinking or melting. It is a chunk of salt and therefore absorbs moisture and water from the air especially when it is left in humid surroundings. It releases this moisture in the form of the patches of wetness that you see.

This is easily remedied by keeping the salt lamp on.

So don’t worry about your crystal lamp dissolving or melting. The only thing that can destroy or melt down a salt lamp is if you dunk it in water or if you drop it from a height so that it breaks.

Its electrical parts though are a different matter, especially light bulbs. These need to be replaced periodically. The good news is that they can be easily bought online and come cheap.

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Checklist of Himalayan Salt Lamp Care

How Long Will a Salt Block Last?

Photo Source: Himalayan Salt Boutique

A salt block that is used regularly for cooking definitely has a limited lifespan. However, it still depends on the frequency and manner of use. The more that you use your crystal for cooking, the greater and faster the wear and tear.

As for the manner of use, a Himalayan salt block that is exclusively used for serving will obviously last longer than one that is used regularly for cooking. The same for a salt block that is used for chilling versus for grilling.

Some salt blocks develop cracks over time but are still usable for cooking and grilling. In fact, some owners persist in using them to show that they are still usable even with some minor defects.

Whatever use it receives, a salt block will lighten over time and get thinner. This will take a very long time though and you would have gotten your money’s worth by then.

(For new salt tiles that aren’t cook-worthy, these may crack during tempering either due to innate defects or a user error in the heating/curing process. If you bought from a reputable manufacturer though, these can be replaced.)

Checklist of Himalayan Salt Block Care

Author: Mary Lou
In the Before Times, Maru spent vacations traveling and making stops at showrooms to test the latest massage chair models. Nowadays, she’s hunkered down in her small sunlit home dotted with her ever-growing collection of fiddle fig trees, indoor plants, and Himalayan salt lamps. Find her at LinkedIn.