How do you clean and polish crystal?
Nita from Wellington, MO
Window cleaner, or dish soap and water. Spray with alcohol to bring up sparkle.
I clean my crystal with water and a new sponge (NO DISHSOAP) and dry it with a smooth kitchen towel (the kind that's NOT like bath towels), or I put it in a dishwasher with just crystal and no soap on the top rack. The hot air usually dries it perfect. It makes it shiny.
All I see here are ways of scrubbing crystal. Below is a little bit of crystal lore that goes back centuries. Crystal has a history going back for ages of having curative properties and or knowledge (teacher crystals) or properties. Crystals that could be beneficial however can come under unclean influences and become other then what they were intended for. If you have a crystal that seems to give out negative influences or energy there is an ancient way of cleansing it.
All you need is a garden spade, or hoe, and some fresh sea salt. The ancients say that you go out on the night of the full moon, dig a hole about six inches deep. Fill it half way with the sea salt and nestle the crystal in it, then cover the crystal completely with the salt, then fill the hole in. Next, wait till the new moon and dig it up. According to the old lore, this will completely remove any negative or evil influences that may have accrued to your crystal. I am not claiming that crystal lore is true, however, I thought this would make a nice anecdote to the cleaning crystal discussion.
4"x4" cloth (non-abrasive); Microfiber is best.
1/2 qt. bowl of warm water, 2-3 drops of liquid soap.
Dampen crystal (plates, glasses, etc...works on any enameled surface)
Saturate cloth in the soapy water, squeeze as much water out as possible.
Sprinkle Whiting on item (or cloth) and rub (polish) item to remove any old water or food stains.
Hand wash with new soapy water (in normal, everyday method).
Dry item with hand-towel, (removing the light, mist of Whiting)....it should be sparkly clean, as never before.
*Whiting is a non-scratching powder found at Sherman-Williams Paints (used for thickening paints). Take care if your crystal has decorative, precious metals; you don't want to scrub this away if already worn or thin.
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