Cleaning Brass?

Does anyone know a DIY way to clean brass?


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February 21, 20200 found this helpful
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Brasso is what many people use but it is stinky. Make the brass really shine though. A more natural and inexpensive cleaner is regular ketchup or even spagetti sauce, if you have a lot of left over. The acid works great to brighten it up. This is also a good tip for copper bottom pans. Just let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rub it in with a soft cloth. It should be bright and shiny after a quick rinse.

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June 23, 20190 found this helpful

Make sure it is uncoated brass. A lot of brass is coated with a shiny layer and you will damage the finish if you clean it.

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January 18, 20200 found this helpful

The flames on my gas stove come out around solid brass tops which quickly become blackened, specially when boiling sauce or water spills on them when hot. Tried the usual brillo pads, brasso etc with only partial success. Went online and found a suggestion from an Eastern European lady of mixing bicarbonate of soda with fresh lemon juice until it forms an effervescing paste. I used baking powder which I had in stock (it contains bicarb of soda) and lemon and left the brass tops face down overnight in the mixture.


Next morning I rubbed them with fine wire wool and they came up almost like new. All that remained was a slight "shadow" where the heaviest stains had been - definitely the best solution I have found. Perhaps works best with flat objects that can be laid in the mixture, but would I suspect not be suitable for brass plated items.

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February 20, 20200 found this helpful

I use toothpaste and a soft electric toothbrush. Make sure the bristles are SOFT!!

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