Household Hazardous Waste

Metal Cleaners

Brass & Copper Cleaner

  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt

In a glass bowl, mix vinegar and flour. Add salt and stir. Spread on tarnished metal. Wait 1-2 hours. Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth and a dab of olive oil.

Chrome Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

Mix to form a paste. Apply with sponge and rinse well.

Silver Cleaner

  • white toothpaste or baking soda mixed with water

Wet the silver and scrub with a soft toothbrush and cleaner. Rinse and dry. Great for jewelry.

Silverware Cleaner

This recipe is for silver or silver-plated utensils, not stainless steel.

Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a baking dish.  Place your silver utensils on the aluminum so the utensils do not touch each other.  Add about a tablespoon of baking soda follwed by boiling water.  The aluminum acts like a magnet for the tarnish, and you will smell a sulphuric odor as the aluminum and baking soda do their job in seconds.  Remove the silverware with tongs and rinse.

Do not use this recipe for silver jewelry with a potential for any adhesives such as those used to hold in a gemstone.