Brass Cleaning Solutions

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Brass Cleaning Solutions
Effective cleaning of brass requires a quick trip to your kitchen. (brass mortar image by SBB from

When it comes to cleaning brass items around your home, there are a number of ways to go about it. From removing tarnish to cleaning up old dirty brass, some materials are likely around your home that can do the job. Without any need for chemical solutions, take a look in your pantry and cupboards for a quick and simple brass cleaning solution.

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Soapy Water

When it comes to cleaning up dirt and grime, soapy water is a simple and effective solution. Submerge small brass items in a sink or bucket filled with soapy water. For larger objects, using a sponge and wiping them down is probably easier. Use a toothbrush for areas that are tougher to clean, and rinse the brass when you're finished cleaning. Wipe the object dry with an absorbent towel.

Salt and Vinegar

If your brass has darkened areas, look in your cupboards for a simple and natural fix. Combine a tablespoon of table salt, white vinegar, and flour to make a paste. Wipe the paste onto the stain with a cloth or sponge, and let it stay there until it dries. Wash the paste away from the area with warm soapy water and a sponge. Buff the shine back with a dry towel.

Lemon and Salt

A quick and simple solution is to cut a lemon in half and dip it in table salt. Rub the lemon half onto the area that needs some touching up. Alternate between rubbing the salted lemon on the area and buffing it with a soft towel. As the salt begins to disappear, apply more before continuing. This is an easy way to clean up light tarnish.

Mineral Oil

For brass that is coated with stubborn dirt, mineral oil can help loosen it up to facilitate further cleaning. Dampen a cloth with mineral oil, and gently rub the area. Add more oil as needed, and scrub until the grime and dirt is gone. Wash the brass with soapy water to remove the mineral oil, and buff it dry with a soft towel.

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