As my How To Clean Vintage Enamelware post was so popular I thought I’d go ahead and share my collection of thrifted & inherited ceramics + the groovy cleaning tips from the past to keep it all in top condition!
Check out my quirky collection & discover how to maintain your own vintage ceramics & porcelain:
Each of these vintage beauties was thrifted for under €0.50! Whoohoo!
This 1970’s set was 2 years in the making: I inherited the jug first then spied the matching vase at a flea market months later and finally scored the goblet while thrifting the following year – I’m always on the lookout for more pieces to add to this funky set!
I love creating mini quiche and serving them in my groovy little ceramic pots (bonus: my kiddo will eat almost anything if it’s served in a fancy covered dish!)
Thanks to a tip off in the comments I’ll now be ceasing to use these pretty pots for food as the risk of possible lead leakage is rather terrifying.
My mini thrifted souvenirs – thrifting while travelling is awesome and I always try to pick up a little piece of ceramic history if I can!
Raid your kitchen & bathroom and put together your ceramic cleaning toolkit!
My passed down tips for cleaning ceramics and porcelain:
– Remove any dust and dirt with a soft, dry brush or cloth (I use a t-shirt scrap) in a gentle sweeping motion from the top down.
– Handwash the item in a mild/diluted dish washing soap & lukewarm water. Water that is too hot or too cold can cause damage. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or put porcelain or ceramic in your dishwasher.
– Should your vintage ceramic have stubborn sticky bits simply apply a bit of mayonnaise to the area and leave it to sit for an hour or so then wipe gently with a soft cloth.
– Built up grime in hard to reach detailed areas can be removed with a cotton swab dipped in a mild water & dish soap solution.
– Hard water & alcohol stains can be removed with either lemon or white vinegar mixed with water.
– Yellow tobacco stained pieces look much better after a gentle scrub with whitening toothpaste.
– After cleaning allow your vintage ceramics to air dry then gently wipe with a soft cloth or towel to remove any water unsightly water spots.