Spring Cleaning 101 – The Natural Way To Clean Metal Surfaces.

May 17, 2007
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Look around your house…go ahead, I will wait…I am sure there are some things in your house that are made out of metal, and these need to be cleaned just as much as anything else does. But instead of buying “made for metal” cleaners, you can clean them up and make them shine just by using regular non-toxic items you have in your house already. Here is how:

Silver – Put some water in a pan with a few teaspoons of washing soda, bring to a simmer. Throw in a little piece of aluminum foil, and then dip your silver right into the mix. Pull the item out, dry it off, and shine it clean with a rag.

Pewter – Wash your pewter items in warm soapy water (use biodegradable soap!), rinse, and polish with a clean cotton cloth. Instant clean!

Chrome – You can clean anything that is chrome just by combining 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 pint of water. Just rub the concoction on the chrome and watch the dirt come right off.

Iron – If you have iron cooking pans or other items that are looking a little rusty, you can clean them with a damp cloth and some steel wool. Wipe down the item with the cloth, scrub lightly with the steel wool, rinse and then dry. Be sure to rub in a little vegetable oil once it is dry to inhibit any further rusting.

Brass & Copper – By combining a few tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of baking soda, you have a great brass and copper cleaning agent. Just rub in on and then polish it off…so shiny! If your items are heavily soiled, you can soak them in hot vinegar and some table salt. The shine will start showing up on its own, and once you see it, take the item out and rinse it. You can also rub lemon on brass and copper to get into any grooves that need cleaning…just be sure to wipe it off once it is clean.

So do not fall for all those cleaners on the store shelf; you do not need them. What do you think people did in the old days? You can clean your metal objects without bringing any toxic substances into your house. Give these ideas a try and see how they work; I am sure you will be amazed.

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (7)

  1. Stephanie says:

    I love natural/homemade cleaners. A great list. Does this mean I have to go clean now?

    Thank you for the Make It From Scratch entry!

  2. david says:

    Oh yes, it sure does Stephanie! We spent all day cleaning today in preparation for week long guests staying at the house. Thanks for including me in the carnival!

  3. My elderly relatives still use these techniques.

  4. Susie says:

    Great Post! I have also recently did an article about Eco friendly Friendly Cleaning products if you want to check it out… 3R is a great Eco-friendly store that has relatively cheap housecleaning products.. of course your methods would work quite as well. :)