Sooner or later, I will get around to making my own soap, but I took my first jaunt into old-fashioned cleaning methods today. In the soap making section in the first Foxfire book, it mentioned that wood ash can be used to scrub, like you would use Comet or Bon Ami. Well, I just ran out of Bon Ami, but my sink and teapot were looking atrocious, so I decided to give it a try.
The ash worked wonderfully on the stainless steel teapot, which is a royal pain to clean. I leave it on the stove since I use it so much, but it seems to attract oil splatters like a magnet. Normally, it takes quite a bit of Bon Ami and a ton of elbow grease to get it looking shinny again, but the ash took it right off.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work quite as well on the kitchen sink. Note to self, never ever put a white ceramic sink in the kitchen, they are impossible to keep looking clean. I’m also afraid of scratching up said ceramic sink, so I don’t think that this will be a worthwhile substitute for me, but if you have a stainless steel sink, I think that it would probably work just fine.