Aluminium is a lightweight, pale metal, which may require special care when attempting to clean it. Some kitchen utensils like pots and vases, for example, should be cleaned regularly to prevent the accumulation of dirt. This also helps to prevent the accumulation of aluminium oxide, a form of corrosion, which can affect the integrity of the metal.
Because it is a soft metal, in any aluminium cleaning or polishing method that you use, you must rub lightly to gradually bring back its shiny appearance.
In the stores you can find a wide variety of aluminium polishing and cleaning products. However, you could also make use of ingredients found in your pantry.
These home methods work very effectively to polish aluminium and other metals and restore its original lustre, making them look like new. They also work if the object in question has stains or some specific spots that must be addressed.
Remember, before applying any of these methods, perform a test on a hidden or inconspicuous place. If, besides these homemade options, you decide to use other products like commercial aluminium polish, do not forget to read and follow the instructions on the label step by step.
How to Clean Aluminium & Polish with Vinegar, Flour, and Salt
- Place 1 teaspoon salt in 230mls of white vinegar.
- Make a paste by adding flour gradually. Mix well.
- Apply the paste on the metal with a cloth.
- Allow the paste to act for at least 15 minutes, and where possible, for 1 hour.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Dry and polish with a soft flannel cloth or towel.
Using homemade cleaning products on tricky metals like aluminium can save you a little money, but it’s well worth trying them out on a small area first to ensure that they are suitable for your item or surface – particularly if you’re not certain it really is aluminium. Simply identify an area that won’t be seen from the outside (the inner rim of a jug, for example) and test your aluminium cleaning method there.