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Astar's Craft: Handy Home Hints - surface stains

Handy Home Hints - Hard Surface Stains

Cleaning and removing stains from vases, kettles, cast iron, aluminum and copper pots etc.

Eliminate all those harsh cleaning chemicals with these alternative easy-to-find ingredients to clean most stained surfaces.

Vases - fill vase with water then drop in a denture tablet. The bubbles do all the scrubbing.

Cast- iron cook ware - don't use detergents as this damages the surface. Just scrub them with salt and a clean dry paper towel.

Calcium build-up on the inside of an electric kettle - Make up a mix of half white vinegar and water. Bring to the boil, empty and rinse well. 

Aluminum pots and pans looking dull - Take the peel of a couple apples and boil in the pots or pans for about 30 minutes. The acid in the apple peel will remove any stains and discoloration.

Tea and coffee stains on your fine bone china or mugs - This can be removed using a mixture of baking soda or cream of tartar and lemon juice. Apply to a soft cloth, and then give inside of cups a good scrub. 

Easy way to clean and shine dulled copperware - Apply a thin coat of tomato ketchup to the surface, and then wipe off with a soft cloth. Buff until surface shines again.

Happy cleaning! - Astar