If you have brass items that have lost their shine and are in need of cleaning, you can make a homemade brass cleaner using common household ingredients. Here’s a simple recipe you can try:
- White vinegar
- Table salt
- Flour or baking soda
- Lemon juice (optional)
Start by mixing equal parts white vinegar and table salt in a small bowl or container. For example, you can use 1/4 cup of each.
Stir the mixture until the salt dissolves in the vinegar.
If you prefer a thicker paste-like consistency, add flour or baking soda gradually to the vinegar and salt mixture. Stir well until you achieve a paste that is easy to spread. The flour or baking soda will act as a gentle abrasive to help remove tarnish.
Apply the homemade brass cleaner paste to the tarnished brass item using a soft cloth or sponge. Make sure to cover the entire surface.
Allow the paste to sit on the brass for about 5-10 minutes. This will give it time to work on the tarnish.
After the designated time, use a clean cloth or sponge to gently scrub the brass. Apply light pressure and work in circular motions to remove the tarnish.
If desired, you can squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the brass item and use it as an additional natural cleaning agent. The citric acid in the lemon juice can help dissolve stubborn stains and brighten the brass.
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned the brass, rinse it with water to remove any residue from the homemade cleaner.
Dry the brass item with a soft cloth to prevent water spots or streaks.
Important note: This homemade brass cleaner is suitable for solid brass items. Avoid using it on brass-plated or lacquered brass surfaces, as the abrasive nature of the mixture may damage the finish. Always test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the brass item before applying it to the entire surface.
Remember to exercise caution when cleaning brass, as excessive scrubbing or harsh chemicals can damage the metal.