effective and simple way to clean tarnished silver and silver-plate is to fill a
pot with 2 liters water, add 37,Sml salt and about 20cm rolled up tinfoil.
to the boil then drop silver pieces into liquid, a few at a time. Simmer slowly
then remove once clean. Blackened
silver spoons can be brightened by rubbing with a little salt.
You can also use a strip of aluminum foil 12 cm wide, place in a plastic
bowl and add 60ml washing soda and hot water with the silver. Remove when the
fizzing stops and rinse.
Cover unused silver in olive
oil and pack it away. Wash before use. Alternatively put a block of camphor with
the silver, to prevent tarnish.
A magic cleaning cloth can
be made with 1/2 cup methylated spirits and one teaspoon whiting, soak the
cloth, hang and dry. Use for polishing silver.
Brass and copper can be
cleaned by mixing 3 tablespoons of tartaric acid, 3 tablespoons of sunlight
liquid with 3 cups of water, Wash brass first and rinse in clear water drying
immediately, then do the copper. Lemon juice and salt can be used to clean
copper and tomato sauce also does the trick. Use furniture polish on copper to
stop tarnish, but use it sparingly.
Tarnished brass can be
cleaned with a rag soaked in ammonia or turpentine. Lacquered brass needs to be
cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water- never use brass polish.
Green rust marks on brass
can be erased with ammonia.
Chrome needs to be polished
with methylated spirits, rust can be removed with aluminum foil. To shine use
dry bicarbonate of soda
- China teapots often have a brown stain caused by tannin. Remove this by
pouring a strong, hot soda solution into the pot. Leave to stand overnight then
scrub and rinse thoroughly.
pots with dark stains are cleaned by boiling 2 tsp of tartar to 1 liter of
water in them.
drinking glasses shine brightly by putting them Into water to which you have
added some baking-powder. Afterwards leave to dry.
clean deposits in glass decanters use 12.5 ml salt and 500ml of vinegar,
leave to stand for a while and rinse. Crushed egg shells in hot water also
will work, just let them stand and shake occasionally.
good glass cleaner is :1/2 cup each ammonia and meththylated spirit with 7
cups cold water- place in a spray bottle, wipe the window with newspaper
after 30 seconds. Another recipe is use paraffin, methylated spirits and
water in equal quantities use as the previous recipe. For mirrors you can
use room freshener which also cleans and leaves a lovely smell.
remove kettle fur, half fill the kettle with potato peel, top up with water and
boil for about an hour. Empty it, shake out fur and rinse thoroughly
thermos flask will not smell musty if two lumps of sugar are kept in it when
absorbs moisture and can be used in toolboxes and cutlery drawers to prevent
Stewart says three alka seltzer tablets down a drain followed by a
cupful of vinegar, then followed after a few minutes by hot water will
unblock it. Citric acid can also be used. 2 teaspoons of common soda ( bicarb) in a
tablespoon of vinegar
moves grease fast as well. A tablespoon of sugar soap and 1/2 liter of
boiling water works as well. 2 tablespoons of salt and boiling water is also
you cook with grease use paper to clean the pot and keep this for lighting
the braai fires.
the coffee percolator is getting miserly with it's water, flush 2 teaspoons
of cream of tartar with hot soapy water though it and then run a cycle of
hot clean water.
glycerine or Vaseline to oil kitchen appliances, this will ensure no
unpleasant flavors leak though.
plastic bags in a cupboard for dusters and other small items, much easier to
Hints and tips for
a parcel is fragile, soak wet newspaper, use lots of paper, wrap it round the container
of the article and when it dries it will have formed a hard shell that
will with stand a great deal of rough treatment.
make the string round a parcel really tight, wet it first. Itíll shrink as it
dented ping-pong ball can be put right by placing it in a bowl of-hot water for
a minute. Heat ex≠pands the air in the ball, which pops back into shape.
scissors by cutting a piece of emery paper with them several times. Likewise
sharpen a sewing-machine needle by running it through a piece of emery paper
paintbrushes will soften if soaked for 1/2 an hour in very hot vinegar. wash
in soapy water afterwards. Hot vinegar will also remove fresh paint from
windows, and a saucer of vinegar removes the smell of smokers as well as deterring
mosquitoes. Vinegar also removes mildew in showers and fridges.
and grey dish clothes-dissolve a packet of cream of tartar in hot water and soak
the clothes in it then wash normally.
Moth balls in a tool box will stop tools rusting.
Hints and tips for
cleaner- use 15 ml ammonia with 15ml hair shampoo and 250ml water. soak the
jewelry for a few minutes then dry. Do not use this on pearls.
Alka seltzer tablets-
use 2 in a glass of water and leave your jewelry in this mixture for a
couple of minutes. Rinse and dry.
Place charcoal behind
books or papers to absorb damp.
A stiff lock- use a pencil with soft lead and rub
the key with it. Often this helps. Never use oil on a lock.
For a mark on a polished table use spirits of
camphor applied to a soft rag and rub lightly. Olive oil and salt may also
Marble is cleaned with a paste of salt.
Saw dust is a good carpet cleaner.
Add a few drops of paraffin to your water when
washing painted surfaces, it dissolves the dirt.
The juice of a ripe tomato removes ink stains from
Leather furniture should be cleaned with two parts
linseed oil and one part vinegar. To brighten leather use the white of an
egg and rub with a soft dry cloth.
Oak furniture is cleaned best by warm beer.
For greasy furniture use a solution of 1 tablespoon
borax and warm water to wash.
White enamel furniture can be cleaned by mixing a
teaspoonful of salt with spirits of turpentine, then rinse of with soapy
Cane needs 1 teaspoonful of salt with a liter of
water or equal quantities of lemon juice and water. Dry well.
Varnished woodwork responds well to a strong tea
Parchment can be cleaned with olive oil.
To find something on the floor: place a stocking
over the vacuum cleaner nozzle and vacuum the area
Place a towel in the
wash with tracksuits and jerseys to stop fluff from forming on the garments.
Rinse your net
curtains in a gelatin solution after washing and dust will not stick to
them as easily.
Borax added to dishtowels when washing them will
help get rid of unsightly marks and deodorize them.
Use methylated spirits in your final rinse water
instead of starch.
Add olive oil to the final rinse of woolen blankets
to keep them soft and fluffy. Adding eucalyptus oil to the final rinse will
also deter fish moths.
To clean a steam iron mix 3 teaspoons of tartaric
acid in water, pour into the iron and bring to steaming for ten minutes.
Empty out using a pipe cleaner to clean the holes and rinse.