I want to polish a brass teakettle and don't want to use commercial polish. Does anyone have a brass polish recipe?
The following information is from the ehow.com website:
Combine a mixture of 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup vinegar and flour (as much as needed to form a paste).
Apply the paste liberally to the copper items you're cleaning.
Allow the paste to sit for a while for maximum effect--no less than 15 minutes. For items that have been neglected for years or have high levels of corrosion, a longer period of time is recommended (up to 1 hour).
Rinse away a small area of the paste to test its effectiveness. Determine whether a longer period of time is needed: If the copper below is bright and shiny, rinse the entire item with warm water; if not, allow the paste to sit longer to complete the cleaning process.
Dry each copper item thoroughly to maximize the time between necessary cleanings. The end result should be a nice, clean, corrosion-free, copper shine.
Prepare a paste of ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 tbsp. of coarse salt.
Rub the paste onto the copper pot using a soft cloth. Scrub the pot with as much pressure as needed to produce the
Add a squirt of mild, dish washing detergent into a sink of warm water. Place the pot into warm water and rinse thoroughly. Remove the pot and dry with a soft towel.