How to clean brass and gold with catsup/ketchup

Updated February 21, 2017

Brass and gold are two elegant, attractive elements that are used as fixtures and handles in the home. The brass and gold need to be cleaned just like any other surface in the home, but you do not want to use harsh cleaners, as they can sometimes damage and deteriorate the brass and gold. Instead, use ketchup. The slight acidic quality of the ketchup cleans the brass and gold wonderfully without causing any harm to the surface.

Squirt a spoonful of ketchup onto a dry cleaning rag. Work the ketchup into the gold or brass surface.

Leave behind a thin coat of the ketchup. Let it sit for a minute or so.

Rinse the cleaning rag and wring it out. Wipe the brass or gold to remove the excess ketchup. Continue until you have removed all the ketchup.

Buff the gold or brass dry with a clean, dry rag to achieve a clean, polished shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Ketchup
  • Cleaning rag
  • Water
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