5 Natural Ways to Clean Your Antiques

Reducing the use of chemicals AND the plastic bottles they come in can make a big impact on our health and environment.  Appraisley tested several natural techniques for sprucing up some of your antiques, and these are our favs:

  1. Beer can be used to clean Gilt frames.  We tried this with a nice IPA and a gentle toothbrush. It actually worked and seemed to take off some of the tarnish after gently wiping off the beer with a soft cloth.
  2. Toothpaste can be used to clean ceramic doll faces.  A soft toothbrush makes a good small scrubber. Be careful not to scrub too hard, and be sure to wipe off the minty smell with a damp clean cloth.
  3. Ketchup is a great copper cleaner.  As it turns out, ketchup is not only good for getting the skunky smell out of your dog. We were amazed at how well this worked on copper. Using a soft cloth and a few squirts our copper pots brightened right up.
  4. Walnut oil and lemon juice make a great furniture polish.  Use 1/4 cup of walnut oil and about 4 drops of lemon juice.  Wipe on furniture with a clean soft cloth and buff to a shine.
  5. Coffee Grounds can remove the musty smell from a drawer.  As anyone who has gone to a wine tasting or smelled the various perfumes at Sephora knows, coffee grounds are known as a good smell neutralizer. Sprinkle about ¼ cup of fresh coffee grounds inside the drawer. Leave them for 24 hours and vacuum out (and we don’t recommend reusing the grounds for your coffee break.)