Bring Brass Back! (And How To Clean It Naturally)

Tara @ Suburble
by Tara @ Suburble
I have become taken by all-things-golden. While perusing the aisle of the thrift store, I stumbled upon some brass pieces. I realized: this is golden, and doesn't even need the help of spray paint! Unforunately, neglected pieces need some love, so with products already in my house, I managed to bring back the lustre of these pieces. Brass is misunderstood - using it as an accent is actually very effective (and on trend, as well!)
See - tarnish and sadness. But this can be fixed.
For simple fixes and a general polishing-up, use ketchup and a toothbrush.
Liberally apply the ketchup and then let it sit for a while. (Not surprisingly, kids really like to help with this part)
For the more stubborn spots that just won't come clean with ketchup, try a mixture of table salt and lemon juice. Use a toothbrush and really give it a good brushing.
Once finished, your brassy pieces should be ready to strut their stuff. Brass is back, baby!
Tara @ Suburble
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • JoAnn JoAnn on Feb 18, 2018
    Hi,how much salt to lemon juice?? I too love my brass!!

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  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Sep 15, 2016
    I've used Brasso, and never used it with a microfiber cloth. Brasso's been around a lot longer than microfiber cloth, after all. But I think the best metal polish is Maas. You can find it on Amazon.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 10, 2018

    Hello, Could try covering with old cola overnight.