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Less Hazardous Ways To Clean

Published: November 12, 2010

Silver jewelry rubbed gently with toothpaste cleans tarnish. Buff with a soft cloth and some lemon juice for extra sparkle.

Silverware - line a large pan with alumium foil, add warm water, 1 T salt and 1T baking soda. Place silverware in the water touching the foil. Soak for one hour, rinse and buff with soft cloths. Don't soak glued pieces.

To polish pewter cut a cabbage in half, dampen with water, sprinkle with salt and rub the metal clean.

Shine brass and copper by mixing 1T salt, 1T flour and enough vinegar to make a thick paste. Rub energetically with paste, then let it dry on. Once dry rinse in warm soapy water. Polish with soft cloth.

For burned on food in the oven, apply a paste of baking soda and water and let it sit 20 minutes. Scrub off before the paste dries.

To freshen air, simmer whole cloves and cinnamon sticks in water. You can dry out and use them again.