There are lots of ordinary metal objects used in daily life. Unfortunately, metal is fully capable of getting dirty and needs a good cleaning on occasion. In the spirit of not being paranoid that you will unintentionally destroy your metal objects by using the wrong cleaning method, here is a breakdown of how to clean different types of metal.
- Aluminum: The ideal way to clean aluminum after you burnt your Jasmin rice to a horrendous crisp is to through it out and buy a new pan. This may not be the most financially or environmentally responsible option. After an unreasonable amount of scrubbing with hot soapy water, acidic cleaners work well on aluminum. Lemon or vinegar are more natural substitutes.
- Cast Iron: It’s possible you don’t own any cast iron objects. If you do, clean cast iron with dish soap and water. After removing any food or dirt, wipe the cast iron down with cooking oil. It seems strange cleaning with cooking oil, but this protects cast iron.
- Brass: You have a decent chance that your doorknobs are made of brass. If you’re not sure, trying sticking a magnet to it. Brass will not attract a magnet. To clean brass use a mixture of salt, vinegar, and flour. Use about a teaspoon of salt and a half cup of vinegar and mix in flour until the mixture is a paste. Cover the brass in the mixture and wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes.
- Silver: It’s no secret that the oxygen in the air will tarnish silver over time. If you happen to want mediocre results, use ketchup to clean your silverware. Vinegar, baking soda, and a lot of elbow grease work best.
- Stainless steel: It actually quite difficult to clean stainless steel incorrectly, but that’s why it’s so popular. Once again, vinegar is one of the better methods.