Author Jean Morrison
Make your own polishes
Many household items need polishing now and again. Even with careful handling it is hard to avoid some of the finer scratches that our possessions succumb too. Plus a lot of metal items become tarnished over time due to handling and oxidization from moisture in the air. What should be used to clean them?
Many commercial polishes contain VOC's which are volatile organic compounds. They are some of the nasties we want to avoid using in our homes. They are very toxic chemicals and we should be shunning them because they can cause respiratory ailments, damage to the central nervous system and many other very serious complaints. However, you can easily make a variety of polishes from non-toxic ingredients.
Make your own polishes:
Mix one teaspoon olive oil with 1/4 cup white vinegar. Dip soft rag in this mixture and wipe over wood.
Silverware polish method 1:
Rub toothpaste into article and rinse well or
Silverware polish method 2:
In a stainless steel sink or bowl add 1/2 cup baking soda to 5 litres (1/2 bucket) of water and stir until dissolved. Dip silver in water and wipe with sponge to remove tarnish
Mix equal quantities of vinegar (or lemon juice) and salt and rub into copper surface with a soft rag. Rinse the surface well.
Make a paste from 1 cup flour, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub on and rinse surface well or make up a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts water. Soak brass item in the liquid. Tarnish is removed very quickly.
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