Natural Metal Cleaners and Polishes

Tableware and pots and pans tend to tarnish and become dull.  Depending on the type of material there is a natural cleaning solution for almost every metal. 
* Aluminum
Fill cookware with hot water and add 2 tablespoons cream of tartar to 1 quart of water  
Bring solution to a boil
Simmer 10 minutes
Wash as usual and dry
* Brass
Mix a paste of lemon juice and salt in a glass or ceramic bowl
Rub with a soft cloth
Rinse and dry
* Bronze, pewter, and copper
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white vinegar
Add enough flour to make a paste
Apply paste to bronze and let sit for 30-45 minutes
Rinse with warm water and dry/buff with clean towel
* Silver
Mix together a paste of 1/4 cup water and enough baking soda to make a paste
Wearing cotton gloves apply paste using a soft cloth
To remove tarnish from silverware, sprinkle baking soda on a damp
cloth and rub it on the silverware until tarnish is gone
Rinse and then dry
* Stainless steel
Dampen a cloth with undiluted white or cider vinegar
Polish silverware with damp cloth
Wipe clean
* Oven cleaners
Dampen a steel wool pad with water
Sprinkle baking soda onto pad or oven bottom
Rub gently
Wipe off scum with dry paper towels or a sponge
Rinse well.

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