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How to make brasso

Updated November 21, 2016

Brasso is a metal polish that originated in the early 1900s. Available today in a paste or impregnated into wadding, Brasso is used to clean a variety of metals and in particular brass. An alternative to purchasing Brasso is to make a homemade version of the cleaner with common kitchen ingredients. The homemade brass cleaner is effective, less expensive and safer for the environment than the commercially produced Brasso.

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  1. Pour 1 pint of white vinegar into a spray bottle.

  2. Add 3 Tbsp of table salt to the vinegar in the spray bottle.

  3. Place the top on the spray bottle and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients.

  4. Spray brass letters, numbers, pots or other objects with the homemade Brasso cleaner.

  5. Allow the spray to sit on the brass object for several minutes. Wipe the tarnish away from the brass with a rag.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp table salt
  • Spray bottle
  • Rag

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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