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How to clean cymbals with household products

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

  4. Warning

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • Scouring pad
  • Vinegar
  • Towel

About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.

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