Natural Metal Cleaning Solutions

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Many household items can be used as natural metal cleaning solutions, including ketchup and boiling water with baking soda. Find out how to use lemon juice with vinegar to clean copper or pennies with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on metal cleaning and housekeeping tips.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to teach you about natural metal cleaning solutions. There are so many different things you can use to clean metal and I'm going to show you a few that work best, I think. These are simple household items that you can find in your home and they're much more inexpensive than "specialty metal cleaners" and "metal polishes." For instance, as opposed to buying a metal polish for your jewelry, ketchup is awesome. The vinegar in it, something about it, ketchup is really good to use to polish your jewelry in. All you do, and really, not even just your jewelry. You can use this for any, any metal. You want to put a squirt of it onto like a paper towel like this and these are silver, pieces of silverware. Put the metal, the ketchup on, buff it on. You may want to stop and let it dry and then wipe it off with a wet sponge and it does a great, great job. You can see it already working it's magic right in front of your eyes. Another thing you can do, if you have an aluminum pan, this is a really good science project for your kids and you can get 'em to clean your silver also. Have a aluminum pan like this, have some water boiling on the stove. place your silver into the pan. Sprinkle it with baking soda and then dump, whoa! Let me get 'em. Protect my hand so I don't burn myself. Pour boiling water over these. It makes a funky smell. It smells like, umm, rotten eggs, actually. But every part of your silver that touches this aluminum pan is going to look brand new so keep flippin' 'em around. You'll have it lookin' like brand new. Another thing you can do for copper or pennies if you have some that need to be restored, it's lemon juice with vinegar. Drop your pennies in. Dump a little bit of salt in there and mix it around. Worcestershire sauce is also a really good agent, just like the ketchup, it's good for polishing. These are all wonderful things do. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and those are natural metal cleaning solutions.


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