Natural Metal Cleaning Recipes

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Natural Metal Cleaning Recipes

Recipes for cleaning metals really has to come from someone who's an expert, which is why we chose recipes by Karyn Siegel-Maier, from her excellent book, The Naturally Clean Home--101 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansers.

BRONZE: To clean dirt and grease from bronze, put on protective gloves and rub the item vigorously with a cloth moistened with a solution of 1 cup vinegar, 1/8 cup grapefruit juice, and 6 drops pine or cedar essential oil. Rinse in warm water and dry completely with a soft, clean towel.

BRASS: You need to be careful when cleaning antique brass items so that you don't disturb the aged coloring of the piece, or what is referred to as it's patina. The best way to clean these pieces is first with a bath in warm, soapy water to remove filmy dirt and grease. Then polish with a soft cloth moistened with linseed oil.
Older pieces of brass will oxidize over time and become tarnished, developing a greenish tinge.
Here are a few more cleaning recipes to restore brass to its original beauty?
Dissolve 4 drops of any citus essential oil and 2 teaspoons of salt in 1 cup of vinegar. Add just enough all-purpose flour to make a thick paste. Smear the paste onto the brass and rub with a dry sponge. Let the paste completely dry, then rinse in warm water. Dry and polish to a shine.

ALUMINUM: New aluminum quickly forms a surable oxide layer that protects it from corrosion. This is
why aluminum products never rust or tarnish. Aluminum is, however, highly reactive, and two commonly used ingredients in homemade metal cleaners should never be used on it; baking soda and washing soda.
Since aluminum resists corrosion and tarnish, superficial stains are the only problems to contend with. In a sink or a plastic tub, mix 2 cups of boiled water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of any citrus essential oil. Place aluminum items in the solution and let soak for an hour or more. Rinse and dry well before storing.
For utensils, place 1 cup of sliced rhubarb in 2 cups of water (or enough water to submerge the items) in a pot. Simmer for 30 minutes. Rinse utensils in cool water and dry. Note: Fresh or canned tomato slices can be used in place of the rhubarb.

CHROME: Frequently found on appliances such as toasters, ovens, refrigerators, faucets, vehicles, even golf clubs. If kept free of grease and sticky grime, chrome can last a very long time. Here are some more cleaning recipes for keeping chrome in tip-top shape:
Never use an abrasive cleaner on chrome that may scratch or pit the surface. To safely clean chrome, apply club soda or vinegar with a soft cloth. Dry to a shine with a dry cloth.
To remove burned-on grease from chrome, clean with 3 to 6 drops of undiluted eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil (wear protective gloves). Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

COPPER: Stainless steel pots and pans often have copper bottoms for better distribution of heat, but high temperatures can damage them. Never scour copper bottoms with a steel wool or an abrasive cleanser. If tarnishing occurs, use equal amounts of salt, flour, and vinegar to make a polishing paste.
To clean and remove tarnish from copper pots and utensils, try this: Cut a lime or lemon in half, sprinkle with salt, and rub over the copper. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

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