Brass Cleaning Tips

Here are some useful brass cleaning tips.

Cleaning brass with a weekly dusting and an occasional warm water bath. Don't use hot water when cleaning brass. Most new brass items have been treated with a lacquer finish to reduce tarnish. Hot water may cause the protective finish to peel away.


Here are three ideas for cleaning brass:


Restore brass to its original beauty naturally with a thick paste made up of:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 drops of citrus essential oil
  • small amount of all purpose flour



Smear paste into the brass and rub it in with a dry sponge. After it dries, rinse in warm water. Polish to a shine.


Try soaking brass items in equal parts warm water and milk
. The lactic acid in milk is a natural solvent.


Make a paste of:

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 to 6 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons cream of tartar


Wearing gloves, rub paste into the brass surface. Let the paste dry, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.


Olive oil is a good ingredient for polishing brass after cleaning, and it will help to resist tarnish.
Use a soft cloth and rub with a circular motion into the surface. Wipe off excess oil with a paper towel.



Use caution when cleaning antique brass pieces.
Clean them first with a warm bath in sudsy water. Then polish with a small amount of linseed oil on a soft cloth.


We hope these brass cleaning tips have been helpful, please explore the rest of the cleaning tips section for more cleaning tips.

Suze and Ev

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