Having brass items means dealing with tarnish. Let’s uncover a few ideas on how to clean brass to keep it shining.

If you grew up in the 1980’s like I did, you likely had brass fixtures in your home. My grandmother had several brass candelabras and tabletop decorations that I fondly remember during my childhood years. Keeping brass clean and shiny requires a special kind of care. Today, let’s unveil a few ideas for how to clean brass with items you probably have in your home.

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First of all, you may be wondering what causes the brass surface to tarnish. If you live near the ocean, you may be surprised to learn the the salty air has a large impact on your brass finish. Salt tarnishes brass quickly.

If you have brass plant holders that you leave outside, you should know that rainwater also tarnishes brass. If you can do so, keep those brass plant holders inside. Handling brass often also tarnishes it because of the chemicals present in the air and on our fingertips. These chemicals are corrosive to brass and lead to the dull, tarnished finish you are trying to avoid.

How to Clean Brass:

There are a few ways you can clean brass with items you may already have in your home. Let’s explore a few ways to clean brass.

How to clean brass using Ketchup:

While it sounds odd, ketchup can be quite effective at cleaning brass. Start by using a paper towel and begin rubbing the ketchup all over the brass surface. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then wipe a small area to see if the tarnish has started to improve. If not, give it more time and retry until it accomplishes the task. 

How to clean brass using Onions:

Onions can be boiled in water to produce a liquid that is effective at cleaning brass. Slice onions into a pot of water and then boil. Allow the water to to cool. Then, use the water to wipe your brass clean.

How to clean brass using Vinegar:

Distilled white vinegar mixed with equal parts of salt and flour provides a paste that removes tarnish from brass. Apply to your brass surfaces using a paper towel. Rinse clean with water. 

How to clean brass using Toothpaste:

When using toothpaste, look for the paste variety and not the gel, as seen below. You can apply the toothpaste with a cloth or an old toothbrush to wipe away the tarnish from brass. Use water to rinse clean.

How to Clean Brass using Lemons:

Lemon slices dipped in salt remove tarnish from brass, also. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface clean. Rinse with water.

Special Tip: Never put brass in your dishwasher. The harsh detergents and heat will ruin the finish of your brass. Also, be certain the surface you are trying to clean is actually brass, so you can clean it properly. Only wash brass items by hand using brass cleaner or one of the methods mentioned above.

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