One example of a solution is salt water which is a mixture of water and salt. You cannot see the salt and the salt and water will stay a solution if left alone. Solute - The solute is the substance that is being dissolved by another substance. In the example above, the salt is the solute. Jul 4, - Too much salt can be extremely harmful to the child. Making the mixture a little too diluted (with more than 1 litre of clean water) is not harmful.