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Monday, January 30, 2012

Shine On

My tea kettle had turned disgusting. It is a stainless steel kettle with a copper bottom. Over the years it had become tarnished, rusted, and since it has been a permanent fixture on the stovetop (I love me some tea) it had become crusted with grease splatters. I clean it, of course, but I never worked at getting it shiny.
I mixed up my typical scrub, which is baking soda and dish soap. It helped, but not enough. So I added table salt to the scrub and then got to work scrubbing. It worked!!
Adding the salt gives it much more abrasive qualities. Be careful using this on something which may scratch, but otherwise it is a great booster to this cleanser. It also works great for tea and coffee stains inside cups!

6 comments:

  1. HURRAY!!! Thank you for this tip! I am also a major kettle user, and mine looked just like yours before. Thankfully, it now looks like yours AFTER - I just ran and cleaned it and it is super shiny :)

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  2. I'll have to try the salt scrub! I normally use baking soda and vinegar on my stainless steel kitchen sink to get the coffee and tea stains out of it. It works wonders also! I think I'll keep this tip in mind! Thank you!

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  3. I had never heard of using salt in cleaner before, but that sounds great (normally I just use vinegar and baking soda or dish soap). Thanks!

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  4. Hey good job! I have that very same tea kettle! FYI don't ever get rid of it...it's revere ware and sells well on ebay - in the upper $40 mark!

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  5. Good idea...my tea pot is starting to look pretty much the same as your before pic!

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