Things to consider;
- Brass also cleaned as well as the copper and silver. I have not yet tried gold.
- This solution would be as good in a dish and hotplate as the usual stuff, but I don't know how long the bottle warmer elements will last whilst being subjected to corrosive salt mixed with vinegar. It is normally intended for water into which the bottle of milk is placed.
- A stronger white vinegar such as actual pickling vinegar, might be even more effective at cleaning. It is also cheaper and comes in huge jars...I shall be testing this out.
- A harsher salt such as refined table salt instead of lovely sea salt, may be a more effective salt to add to the vinegar. Again, also cheaper and comes in large quantities....will be getting some to try.
- The smell is actually almost negligible. I was expecting to enter my work shed each day to the waft of a Fish & Chips Shop (and worried that I'd be in a permanent state of desire for fattening chips), but there was no smell. The lid was probably a big factor.
- In winter, my usual pickle freezes solid into fantastical crystals and ice-like sculptures (think, Superman's secret cave where he watches those vid's from his homeworld...). I have no idea if this eco-pickle will hold out any better against the British winter.
- It can be quite eye-watering if you inhale warm vinegar fumes when removing your piece of work.
- You can't just keep topping up the solution, it becomes weaker and darker, so you have to dispose of it somehow.....
Cuff by Ute Decker.
I would welcome any comments from those who use some kind of eco-pickle or who have suggestions on the subject.