Author Jean Morrison
Make your own non-toxic brass ware cleaner
Over a period of time, brass objects can become tarnished due to a chemical reaction between the air and the surface of the metal.
Many commercial brass ware cleaners contain harsh products such as formaldehydes. Formaldehyde produces harmful fumes that irritate air passages, not to mention other irritations they can cause . Chemicals such as formaldehyde are called volatile organic compounds - otherwise known as VOC's. VOC's are known to set off asthma attacks, and allergic reactions. They can cause difficulty in speaking and walking, memory loss, damage to the kidneys, the central nervous system and even cancer.
All is not lost though - you can make a cleaner for your brass ware that is non-toxic.
Cleaners for brass ware:
Cleaning brass ware method 1:
Make a paste from 1 cup flour, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub on and rinse surface well
Cleaning brass ware method 2:
Make up a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts water. Soak brass item in the liquid.
Tarnish is removed very quickly.
Cleaning brass ware method 3:
Pour Worcestershire Sauce on a rag and rub into the brass ware. Rinse well.
Did you know:
Some toxic cleaning ingredients are acute and produce a relatively quick reaction in people. Others may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption. So you can be exposing yourself to these chemicals over a long period and not realize your health is being severely compromised. They are silent monsters.
Chemicals that are known as "hormone disrupters" can interfere with the body's natural chemical messages, either by mimicking or blocking the actions of hormones. Health effects can include decreased sperm counts, and increased rates of male birth defects . They can increase rates of some kinds of cancers. The alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs) used in some detergents and cleaners have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen; one APE, p-nonylphenol, has caused estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells to multiply in a test tube study.
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