How To: Clean The Metal Around Your House

How To: Clean The Metal Around Your House

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 19, 2008

Getting things clean doesn't always necessitate a trip to the grocery store, or drug store. Click through the jump to see how some of the above household items can get your dirtiest metal items clean....

  • Brass
    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.

  • Copper
    You may either use Ketchup or Worcestershire sauce. Simply rub on until clean, rinse and buff.

  • Gold
    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.

  • Chrome
    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.

  • Stainless Steel
    You can check out this previous post on cleaning stainless sinks. You may use all of the techniques mentioned with peace of mind.

    Photos by: lemons, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, toothpaste, aluminum foil, salt

    Do you have a question about cleaning something else? From bathrooms to kitchens and garages, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line to let us know your cleaning woes. Don't be afraid to send us a picture!

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