Home remedy for cleaning brass plated hardware

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Home remedy for cleaning brass plated hardware
Clean brass-plated hardware with a home remedy solution. (brass handle image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

When you have brass-plated hardware around the home, you will notice that dirt and body oils stick to the brass as the hardware is handled. This leaves the hardware looking tarnished and aged, leaving you seeking a cleaning solution that removes all of this build-up without harming the hardware itself. Commercial brass cleaners are an option, but they can be costly and they're not always on hand when you want to complete the cleaning task. Instead, use a home remedy.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cleaning rags
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 tsp salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle a spoonful of flour at a time into the bowl and stir with a spoon until you create a thick paste.

  3. 3

    Dip a cleaning rag into the paste, gather a bit of the paste on the rag, and rub a thin coating over the brass-plated hardware.

  4. 4

    Let the paste sit for 10 minutes, then wipe with a damp cloth and follow up with a dry cloth to buff the brass surface.

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