Sunday, August 12, 2012

How To Clean Zinc Lids from Ball Jars

Here are some of my flea-market finds
 from First Monday Market Days in
Canton, TX. Vintage aqua blue Ball jars.
They were only $1 or $2.
Such a bargain that I bought a box full.
(as many as I could carry!)
Some had the clamp-on glass lids and
some had the old screw-on zinc lids.
There were a few very large one too. 
These jars are from the 20'3, 30's and 40's
The lid on the left is before
The lid on the right is after I cleaned them.
 To clean them I first rinsed all the jars and
lids, then ran them thru the dishwasher.
I then soaked the lids in white vinegar.
 You can heat the vinegar for quicker results. 
I buy cheap store-brand vinegar by the gallon
 for cleaning almost anything.
 I then wiped them down with a little mineral oil on a cloth. 
 I use these old jars to store pantry items and
 bathroom items like: bath salts,
soap, cotton balls, epson salt, etc.
I use them for everything from organizing,
storage, vases and serving.
(filled with tealights on the patio)
 (filled with my oatmeal sugar mixture)
(filled with daisies)
(filled with homemade dishwasher detergent)
(filled with homemade granola)
I love the look of these old Ball jars.

Have A Good Day!

Links: Between Naps On The Porch,
Common Ground, Coastal Charm,
A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style,


  1. Rita, I love those old blue Ball jars, too. Thanks for the tip on how to clean the zinc tops.

  2. The Ball jars are GORGEOUS! I love the aqua coloured ones. Great tip on cleaning zinc lids, thank you Rita :o)
    Rose H

  3. What a lucky find! I saw one of those jars in an Antique store here for 34.00. You had a angel on your shoulder with this one. Thanks for the cleaning instructions and congratulations!

  4. Is there anything that vinegar CAN'T do??? Love your "new" jars! And love how versatile they are. XO, Pinky

  5. Wow! So you can still find bargains there! I heard from my cousin in TX that it's not as good as it used to be. But then none of them are. I would love to go there some day! Your jars are awesome! Love all your ideas. Sounds like you had a fun trip!

  6. Nice jars and such a clever way to store things in.

  7. Wow! What a great find! I just bought two of these for $10 each, and I've seen them go for way more than that ($30 at one antique store). You certainly scored!! Found you at Coastal Charm. Pop by for a visit sometime!!

  8. Thanks for the tip! Now I can get mine out of storage, clean them up and use them.

  9. Wow, the transformation is amazing! I have a bunch of these lids that are crusty, just waiting for a cleaning. I also love to shop Canton, I'm always finding great stuff. Love your Longaberger basket.


  10. I love old jars because you can do so many things with them. Thanks for the tip on cleaning up the lids!

  11. how old are those jars with the zinc lids?

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    1. Isn't the zinc toxic if it touches the food?

  13. If you realy like the old Ball jars and zinc lids COME to Canada I see them in thrift stores (which we have a lot of),fleamarkets, and garage sales for practically give away prices. Good Luck

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  15. I took your cleaning methods and used them for these ornaments!


  16. Thank you for sharing this article, it is very easy to understand and informative. You can also use water blaster to help you clean faster and easier!

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