Friday, December 02, 2005

Making Your Home Sparkle For The Holidays

Here are a couple of handy household hints to add a bit of shimmer and shine where now things are a bit tarnished and dull.

Brass - this works for brass that doesn't have any lacquer, like candle holders from import stores.( I am not recommending this for your good brass chandelier.) Just spritz with plain ol' Kaboom cleaner and rinse well. Works fast with minimal mess. We have a set of brass dinnerware that we we never using because it was such a pain to polish. Now, I have it done in a few minutes. (Note: this also works with copper - like the bottoms of Revere Ware.)

Silver Plate - To polish up silver pieces in a flash, you'll need aluminum foil, salt, water softener and very hot water. Put the aluminum foil in a dishpan. (You'll want a rather large piece if you have a large piece of silver because the process works best where the foil is touching the silver plate. ) Now, add about 1/4 cup of salt and about the same of water softener. You can use a little more if you're doing a large piece. Now, add very hot water; and mix the salt and softener. Now, carefully slip the silver object in the water - making sure that it's touching foil. You can even bend the foil up to make sure that it's reaching everything you need polished. Just keep the object in the solution and make sure that the foil is touching it. In no time, the tarnish will disappear. Do not leave in the solution any longer than necessary. When you take the object out, rinse well in warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Cool, huh?

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