Click through the jump to see how some of the above household items can get your dirtiest metal items clean....
Use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Wipe the mixture onto the surface with a clean cloth. Rub until clean, rinse and dry. This method is NOT for use on brass-plated pieces.
You may either use Ketchup or Worcestershire sauce. Simply rub on until clean, rinse and buff.
On small pieces, use any nongel toothpaste and a soft brush. Your old toothbrush works out fantastic for this type of project. Rinse well. You may also use any household ammoniated cleaner mixed 50/50 with water.
Wrap a small piece of aluminum foil around your index finger. Buff all of your chrome fixtures, doorknobs and even car parts with this trick. Make sure to rotate your piece of foil if you are doing a large object. You may also wipe with a dry, USED dryer fabric softener sheet. If the sheet has not been well used, you will merely be buffing fabric softener onto your chrome.
You can check out this previous post on cleaning stainless sinks. You may use all of the techniques mentioned with peace of mind.
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