Using Ketchup as a Steel Cleaner?

by | Nov 12, 2019 | Blog

Now I have heard of some unusual cleaning products in my time,

Coke for example, but I recently read that someone had recommended using ketchup as a cheap method of cleaning rust and stains from steel furniture and surfaces.

A Facebook user posted pictures of a stainless steel stool from her kitchen before and after tomato ketchup had been used to clean it. The results after ‘just 5 minutes’ certainly do look impressive.

The cleaning tip racked up over 1,200 likes and attracted more than 5,000 comments, including suggesting it could be used to clean stainless steel sinks and draining boards.

So what is in ketchup that makes it such a wonderful cleaning product? The answer is the acetic acid from the vinegar it contains, around 4%. In addition, its high viscosity (the gloopiness) means it is also great for shining brass, copper and silverware.

Personally, I think I’ll stick to putting it on my chips.


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