How to clean cymbals with household products

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How to clean cymbals with household products
Keep your cymbals clean with lemon juice and vinegar. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Cymbals are a percussion instrument that have been used since ancient times. They are made of convex discs and come in different sizes and materials. Cleaning cymbals is best done using specially designed cymbal polish, but if you are in a pinch you can clean cymbals using household items. This will make your cymbals shine and ready for a performance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lemon
  • Scouring pad
  • Vinegar
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto the cymbal. Rub the juice all over the cymbal using the halved lemon. Repeat on the other side. Use a scouring pad if necessary, but this will remove some of the writing and logos on the cymbal.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 tbsp of vinegar on the cymbal and rub it all over the surface. Use a scouring pad if desired.

  3. 3

    Rinse the cymbal with warm water and dry thoroughly. Dry every space and groove so the metal won't rust or oxidise.

Tips and warnings

  • On copper cymbals, use only cymbal polish or they will oxidise and change colours.

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