Author Jean Morrison
Make your own copper ware cleaners
I think we all regard our homes as our havens. We can come inside and shut the door on the horrible city pollutants that some of us are forced to endure. But wait a minute - could the air in your home be more of a danger to your health than the air outdoors?
Studies have found that levels of several VOC's (volatile organic compounds) are often many times higher indoors than outdoors. Toxic VOC's are frequently found in household cleaners such as commercial copper ware cleaners. Also frequently found in them are are strong acids. We don't need to use such toxic chemicals when we can make something that works well from ingredients found in our pantries.
Cleaners for copper ware:
Cleaning copper ware method 1:
Mix equal quantities of vinegar and salt and rub into copper surface with a soft rag. Rinse the surface well.
Cleaning copper ware method 2:
As above but use lemon juice in place of vinegar.
Cleaning copper ware method 3:
Dip a rag in tomato ketchup and apply to the copper. Rinse well when finished.
Did you know:
Are you one of the millions of consumers who tend to think that if products are available on our shop shelves then they must be tested and safe? Not so!. Since WW2 more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been invented. The sad thing is that hardly any of these substances have been tested for safety/toxicity. It seems they have been added to our food, water and cleaning products without our consent and frequently we are not advised about this. In this industry there is a lot of intentional suppression. It is an industry that adds approximately 1000 new chemicals each year.
David Steinman is a co-author of The Safe Shopper's Bible, He advises looking at labels for specific, eco-friendly ingredients that also perform effectively. These include grain alcohol instead of toxic butyl cellosolve as a solvent; coconut or other plant oils rather than petroleum in detergents and plant-oil disinfectants such as eucalyptus, rosemary, or sage, rather than triclosan.
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