There are retail products that claim to polish aluminum surfaces, but they can be expensive and contain harsh ingredients that can be harmful your family and home. Consider making a homemade aluminum polish composed of inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients. These homemade polishes work as effectively as high-priced products, without the price tag.
A simple solution of vinegar and water will not only clean aluminum surfaces but also polish the aluminum to restore its original shine. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Spray directly onto the surface and wipe away with a soft cloth. For an extra shine boost, polish using a fine grain buffing pad made of steel wool. These can be found in grocery, hardware and auto supply stores.
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Cream of Tartar
Cream of tartar also works to restore aluminum shine while also removing stains and dirt buildup. In a dish, mix two tablespoons of cream of tartar, and slowly stir in water until a thick paste has formed. Rub directly onto the aluminum surface and polish using a fine grain buffing pad. Wipe with a soft cloth to remove any residue, and your signature aluminum shine has been restored.
Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
A solution of lemon juice and baking soda also can be effective. In a dish, add two tablespoons of baking soda and slowly stir in lemon juice until a thick paste has formed. Rub the solution directly onto the aluminum surface using a soft cloth. Use a fine grain buffing pad to remove any built-up residue and polish the surface to its original shine.