Cleaning Dirty China

Shannon Lush shares a natural household solution for cleaning dirty china.

• China and glass ornaments need to be washed once every six months.
• Hollow items like figurines and vases need to be dipped in a solution of room temperature water (quarter-fill a crisper with water as it's best to use plastic – if not place a tea towel in the bottom of the container, to pad the hard surface) - and added a good slurp of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of detergent. Shannon immersed Nancy’s vases in this solution and rubbed them gently all over with pantyhose (great for hard to reach cracks etc).
• She then concentrated on the delicate areas like intricate curves and fired gold using a soft sable brush wrapped in pantyhose.
• Things completely sealed in glass can be fully immersed and washed in the same solution. The vinegar cuts through grease without damaging the surface and makes them sparkle.
• Then all the collectables can be re-grouped in the cupboard according to make and type.

For more information and tips from Shannon, visit the Lush House show page here

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An even better, and simpler, method is to use a hot Napisan (or other brand of sodium percarbonate bleach) solution. Simply soak any glass or crockery item for 10-15 minutes, and then sponge all over. Use a soft toothbrush for nooks and crannies if necessary. Dirt and grease will come off like magic.