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Homemade natural metal polish

The acid in ketchup makes a great natural copper metal polish.
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All natural metal polish isn't something we think about often. Please do take the time to think about it today. Think about all that chemical metal polish washed down the drain over the years. Why not at least try a natural metal polish? It will definitely have a positive natural effect on the environment and may prove to be a better metal polish than the chemical ones. Be sure to use an old cloth and gloves when using natural metal polish. Rinse thoroughly after use.

Copper cleaning and a strange discovery

To clean copper, try mixing ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup ketchup. The acid in ketchup makes a great natural copper metal polish. I spilled some ketchup on the table one day and a copper pot got set on the ketchup. When we went to do the dishes there was a nice clean spot on the copper metal pan bottom. Later, I figured out that adding natural lemon juice to the mix accelerates the acid even faster.

Vinegar and salt work as both brass and copper cleaner.

Remember cleaning pennies with salt and vinegar as kids? Turns out this natural metal polish works to remove tarnish from all types of brass and copper. Once again, add lemon for an acidic booster. To make natural metal polish mix together ½ cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons salt and ¼ cup lemon juice. This works best if the vinegar is heated first.

Here's a great natural silver polish.

It sounds so simple but it really works. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of a plugged sink. Add warm water, a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt. Place silverware in the sink. Let sit for a few minutes. Remove the silverware from the natural metal polish bath and rub with a cloth. The tarnish comes off quickly and easily.

A natural metal polish for silver can also be made by mixing baking soda, salt and water.

A soft cloth can be dipped into the natural silver polish paste. Use the paste to rub the silver and then rinse clean. This natural metal polish works on items too large for the sink bath method. This method, like the others, works just as well as commercial metal polish and costs just pennies. Be sure to dry silver thoroughly after using the natural metal polish. Wet silver is easily tarnished.

Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.