Pour salt down the drain: follow with boiling
water. This clears the pipes and avoids clogging.
Vinegar: Wash with straight vinegar. Pour extra vinegar
over burned-on areas, shut the oven door and leave to soak.
After two hours, wipe off the vinegar, rinsing the sponge or
cleaning cloth frequently with warm water.
Chrome and Stainless Steel
Flour: Simply dip a soft cloth into ordinary white
flour and rub the object until it shines.
with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar.
Degreaser and Scum Remover
Pour vinegar directly on the area and wipe with a damp
soft cloth. Do not use on marble surfaces.
Copper and Brass Cleaner
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup flour white
vinegar until warm; add to salt and flour, enough to make a
paste. Spread cleaner on copper or brass. Let dry; brush off
with a soft cloth.
For a quick
once-over' a lemon half dipped in salt and scrubbed over the
copper surface will do the trick. Polish dry with a soft
Silver Cleaner I
1 sheet aluminum foil
glass baking dish
2 Tbsp. baking soda
Crush sheet of aluminum foil (shiny side up) and place it
at the bottom of a glass baking dish. Arrange cutlery pieces
on it so that they do not touch each other. Fill the baking
dish with boiling water and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of
baking soda to every quart of water used. After five minutes,
remove silver and dry with a soft cloth. DO NOT USE THIS
METHOD ON PIECES OF SILVER THAT ARE GLUED.
Silver Cleaner II
1 Tbsp. salt
mixture to boil in the pan. Drop your flatware into it as it
boils, doing only a few pieces at a time. Let them boil for
three minutes, then take them out and let them drain on a soft
cloth, drying them to a shine with a second cloth. Do not
overcrowd the pot--it can be confusing to remember which
pieces have already done their three minutes and which ones
still have time to go; also, it can lower the temperature of
the liquid, thereby lowering its efficiency.
Intricately patterned or pieces that
are glued should probably be cleaned with a commercial
A minute layer of the
silver is removed each time you use these methods. However,
the conventional method of polishing silver rubs off the same
Sprinkle baking soda in basin
and scrub with a damp soft cloth. Rinse with warm water.
Lime and Mineral Deposit
paper towels in vinegar. Apply the paper towels to the lime
deposits around the faucets, fixtures or crevices. Let stand
approximately one hour. The deposits will be softened and can
be removed easily with a damp cloth. Do not use on marble
Borax and water
Cut a fresh lemon in half. Hold it within
a cloth, dipping with cut edge down into warm water and borax.
Rub the marble surface with this lemon pad; then polish with a
soft dry cloth.
4 Tbsp. baking soda
1-quart warm water
Dissolve baking soda in warm
water. Apply with a sponge. Rinse with clean water. Flour or
salt can also be used with water to form progressively more
2 Tbsp. white
with water. Increasing the vinegar will deepen the cleaning
action. Put into labeled spray bottle.
Furniture Cleaner and
together until well blended. Use several drops of polish on a
soft dry cloth and apply to furniture. Rub well to remove any
excess polish. Do not apply to marble surfaces.