All Natural Solution: How to Clean and Polish with Lemons

All Natural Solution: Lemons for Removing Rust and Polishing | 31Daily.com

Do you have a favorite knife or copper pan or utensil that has a tendency to rust with continual use? I certainly do.

My nemesis is a knife … a cleaver knife to be exact. And while I have a whole drawer and knife block full, I just work best with my cleaver.

Because it’s an everyday kitchen essential, it has a tendency to rust from time to time and I hate using harsh chemicals, especially on my cooking tools.

Table salt or coarse salt and a lemon? Yes. It’s all it takes. Oh, and a little elbow grease. Smile.

Instructions

Cut a lemon in half and run over the area you want to clean. Sprinkle a liberal amount of coarse salt and rub away. Your utensils will glisten. Wash, dry really well, and store. It’s that easy.

If you’re worried about scratches to a delicate piece, squeeze the lemon into a bowl and mix it with the salt to form a less-coarse paste.

Mixing lemon juice with baking soda to create a paste is also an effective cleaner to remove rust stains.

What You Need

Lemon
Table salt or coarse salt

Equipment

Rag/cloth
Bowl (optional)

Lacquered Copper

We do not recommend this method for lacquered copper. To tell if you have lacquered copper — if the surface of your copper pot has a shiny, glossy finish that does not change color or brown with use, it is most likely lacquered copper.

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