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There’s nothing quite like the warm, well-loved patina that builds on a piece of brass. Just take a look at a pair of vintage brass drawer handles or an antique brass lighter, and you’ll notice that the character alone can draw a crowd. However without proper care, even the prettiest brass pieces can go unnoticed under years of tarnish. And while your neighborhood home improvement store carries cleansers specifically made for this, the furthest you need to travel is to your pantry to reclaim a golden glow. Here are five natural ways to clean and polish brass.
1. Salt and Lemon Juice
Mix a quarter cup of salt and half a lemon to make a paste. Apply liberally with a soft cloth and rinse. Stubborn pieces will need to be re-applied. Polish and buff clean brass finish with olive oil.
2. Flour and Vinegar
Mix 2/3 cup of distilled white vinegar with 2/3 cup flour into a smooth paste before adding in 1/2 cup of salt. Apply liberally and let mixture sit on the brass finish overnight. Rinse and dry.
3. Vinegar and Salt
Mix one teaspoon of salt into a half cup of vinegar. Pour solution over tarnished brass and rub into finish. Rinse away solution and polish with a soft cloth.
Squirt ketchup on a clean cloth and rub over tarnished brass. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and buff dry.
5. Dish soap
Submerge brass in hot soapy water and rub the finish with a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas. Rinse and let dry.