Common hazardous ingredients
Ammonia, denatured alcohol, naphtha, oxalic acid, petroleum distillates, phenolic derivatives, phosphoric acid, silica, sulfuric acid, thiourea, tripolyphosphate.
Irritant; flammable; toxic. Many aluminum cleaners contain hydrofluoric acid, which is extremely corrosive to the skin, can cause blindness and is toxic. Air pollutant.
Use according to label instructions. Avoid using products that contain hydrofluoric acid. Avoid aerosol dispensers to reduce exposure to hazardous vapors.
Keep containers tightly closed when not in use. Store in a locked cabinet or out of reach of children and pets.
Best: Use up or give away. Rinse and recycle containers and recycle empty aerosol containers with steel cans.
Second best: Take to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
For aluminum: Use natural acids such as vinegar and lemon juice.
For silver: Rub object gently with toothpaste, using a cotton ball to avoid scratching. Rinse well with water. Test first on a small area.
For stainless steel: Use baking soda, olive oil or mineral oil for shining. To clean and polish, moisten cloth with vinegar and wipe clean.
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