Heather asked: How do I clean vintage aluminum kitchen canisters. The canisters are about 1940/1950. They have dust and oil on them. I would like to clean them without damaging them.
If mild soap and water won’t cut the buildup on your vintage aluminum, it’s time to amp up your cleaning power. You will have to use some judgment on your particular pieces, but assuming they’re in otherwise good condition, you should enjoy good results from this process.
You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Cloth scrubber or sponge
- Damp cloth
- Dry towel
Steps to Remove the Buildup:
- Make a paste of ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup lemon juice.
- Use the scrubber or sponge to apply it to the aluminum.
- Rub gently to clean. If needed, you can scrub harder but only after you’ve ascertained no damage is being done.
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Dry thoroughly with a soft towel.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not use an abrasive cleaner such as a scouring pad, especially in pieces with decorative coloring.