How can I clean brass without harsh chemical Shares?

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I want to clean old brass fan blades. I have been told that they are brass, but the are really dark and need to be cleaned.


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  • Rob Rob on Jul 07, 2018
    Try bar keepers friend. You can find at most grocery stores near the comet and cleaning supplies. Works great on brass

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 07, 2018
    How to Use A1 Steak Sauce to Clean Copper
    Using a soft cloth, rub A1 Steak Sauce on tarnished copper. The acid from the tomato puree combined with the vinegar in the recipe removes the tarnish in no time at all.

    How to Use Ketchup to Clean Copper
    To devour the tarnish on your precious copper items, cover them in a layer of ketchup and then let them stand for 10 minutes. Rinse off the ketchup with running water to find that the copper has returned to a shiny bright finish.

    Cleaning Copper With Worcestershire Sauce
    By simply rubbing Worcestershire Sauce on the tarnished surface of your dull utensils using a soft cloth, and then rinsing with water, you will show off copper that is as bright as bright can be!

    How to Clean Copper With Tabasco Sauce
    The various acids in the Tabasco recipe vigorously eat away at copper tarnish. All you do is rub it on with a soft cloth and then rinse away that dull tarnish.

    How to Use Kool-Aid to Clean Brass Tarnish
    This one is a favorite! Using any flavor of kool-aid you have around, mix it with 2-quarts of water (use a bucket so the food coloring doesn't stain the sink). Soak your brass items in the fruity drink for about 10 minutes. The citric acid will clean the tarnish on the surface of your brass pieces. Make sure to throw out the used kool-aid afterwards so no one takes an unwitting swig of the tarnish laden beverage!

    How to Clean Brass and Copper With Flour, Salt, and Vinegar
    This one has an actual formula for cleaning your brass or copper tarnish! Simply mix 1-TBL of flour, 1-TBL of salt, and 1-TBL of vinegar until it becomes a paste. Spread the paste on tarnished copper or brass, and leave it until completely dry. Rinse with running water, dry and wipe clean!

    Clean Copper & Brass With Real Lemon and Salt
    This one may not be the most unusual, but it certainly gets the tarnish removal done! Combine 1-TBL salt and 2-TBL real lemon juice. Rub this mixture onto copper until the shine peeks through. The chemical reaction cleans copper and brass tarnish almost instantly!

    How to Use Mustard to Clean Tarnish From Copper and Brass
    Rub any tarnished brass or copper object with regular old yellow mustard, and wait about 10 minutes. Rinse with running water and dry. The vinegar in the yellow mustard helps to break down the tarnish, leaving your now untarnished items wonderfully shiny!

  • Jennie Sesulka Jennie Sesulka on Jul 07, 2018

    My husband was a Navy guy for years and says that they couldn't keep Tabasco sauce on the tables in the mess hall because the guys would steal it to clean the brass on the decks of the aircraft carrier. According to him they claimed it was the best and easiest thing they they could get their hands on! LOL!

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 07, 2018
    Ketchup also works.