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cleaners and polishers - metal (alternatives)


ALUMINUM
Cream of Tartar. To remove stains and discoloration from aluminum cookware, fill cookware with hot water and add 2 tablespoons cream of tartar to each quart of water. Bring solution to a boil and simmer ten minutes. Wash as usual and dry.
Vinegar. To clean an aluminum coffeepot and remove lime deposits, boil equal parts of water and white vinegar. Boiling time depends upon how heavy deposits are.

BRASS
Lemon Juice and Cream of Tartar. Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply, leave on for 5 minutes and then wash in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Lemon Juice and Salt or Baking Soda. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub with a soft cloth, rinse with water, and dry. Or use a slice of lemon sprinkled with baking soda. Rub brass with the lemon slice, rinse with water, and dry.
Olive Oil. Brass will look brighter and require less polishing if rubbed with a cloth moistened with oil after each polishing. Olive oil retards tarnish.
Salt, Vinegar, and Flour. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply paste to brass and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean warm water and polish dry.
Vinegar and Salt. Pour vinegar over the surface. Sprinkle salt over the acid and rub in the mixture. Rinse with warm water and polish dry.
Worcestershire Sauce. Clean and polish unlacquered brass to a shine with a soft cloth dampened with Worcestershire Sauce. The acid-salt combination in the Worcestershire Sauce eats away the tarnish.

BRONZE
Salt, Vinegar, and Flour. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply paste to bronze and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean, warm water, and polish dry.

CHROME
Aluminum Foil. Rub chrome with aluminum foil, shiny side out.
Baby Oil. Apply baby oil with a soft cloth and
polish to remove stains from chrome trim on faucets, kitchen appliances, vehicles, etc.
Baking soda. To clean chrome apply a paste of baking soda and water to the chrome surface with a sponge; let the paste set for a few minutes, then rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Newspaper. To make chrome fixtures shine brightly, rub them with newspaper after they have been wet. Wear gloves to avoid getting newsprint on your hands and other surfaces.
Vinegar. To clean chrome, wipe with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white or cider vinegar.

COPPER
Catsup or Worcestershire sauce. Rub the copper pot with catsup or Worcestershire sauce to make the tarnish disappear.
Lemon Juice and Cream of Tartar. Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply, leave on for 5 minutes, and then wash in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Lemon Juice and Salt or Baking Soda. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt, and rub with a soft cloth, rinse with water, and dry. Or use a slice of lemon sprinkled with baking soda or salt. Rub copper with the lemon slice and rinse with water and dry.
Sour Milk. Copper bottom pans can be cleaned with sour milk poured into a plate, dish, or bowl. Soak copper bottom for approximately 1 hour. Rinse and dry.
Vinegar and Salt. If copper is tarnished, boil article in a pot of water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar for several hours. Wash with soap in hot water. Rinse and dry.
Vinegar and Salt. Pour vinegar over the surface. Sprinkle salt over the acid and rub in the mixture. Rinse with warm water and polish dry.
Vinegar and Salt Spray. Add 3 tablespoons of salt to a spray bottle of vinegar, spray the solution on the copper pot, let set and then rub clean.
Vinegar, Salt and Flour. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply the paste to copper and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean warm water, and polish dry.

GOLD
Soapy Water. Wash in lukewarm soapy water and dry with a cotton cloth. Polish with a chamois cloth.
Toothpaste. Clean with non-gel toothpaste (old fashioned white) and a soft toothbrush.

PEWTER
Salt, Vinegar, and Flour. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply paste to pewter and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean warm water, and polish dry.

RUST SPOTS
Steel wool. Use a soap filled steel wool pad to scrub the rust spots.

SILVER
Prevention. Polishing silver while wearing rubber gloves promotes tarnish. Instead, choose plastic or cotton gloves.
Alternatives.
Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda, and Salt. Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a pan, add 2-3 inches of water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Add silver pieces to the water; boil 2-3 minutes, making sure the water covers the silver pieces. Remove silver, rinse, dry, and buff with a soft cloth. This method cleans the design and crevices of silver pieces.
Aluminum Foil and Rock Salt. Fill a glass jar 1/2 full with strips of aluminum foil, and then add 1 tablespoon rock salt and enough cold water to fill the jar. Keep covered. Dip silver items into the jar and leave for two minutes. Rinse well and dry.
Baking Soda. Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Rub, rinse, and polish dry with a soft cloth. To remove tarnish from silverware, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and rub it on the silverware until tarnish is gone. Rinse and dry well.
Sour Milk or Buttermilk. Place silver in a pan. Cover with sour milk or buttermilk. Let stand overnight, and in the morning rinse with cold water and polish dry with a soft cloth.
Toothpaste. To clean off tarnish, coat the silver with non-gel toothpaste (old fashioned white), then run it under warm water, work it into a foam, and rinse it off. For stubborn stains or intricate grooves, use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

STAINLESS STEEL
Olive Oil. Rub stainless steel sinks with olive oil to remove streaks.
Vinegar. To clean and polish stainless steel, simply moisten a cloth with undiluted white or cider vinegar and wipe clean. Can also be used to remove heat stains on stainless steel cutlery.
Club Soda. Remove streaks or heat stains from stainless steel by rubbing with club soda.

 

 

 

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