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How To Clean Brass, Copper & More: {DIY Methods}

Here’s a list of homemade cleaners I’ve collected over the years to help remove tarnish and buff metals to a shine, some of them may surprise you!

Door KnockerDirections For Use:

(For Brass)

Protect From Tarnishing: Keep things shiny by polishing with olive oil.

Lacquer Finish: Some pieces have a lacquer finish to help prevent tarnishing. If you wish to remove it, boil piece in a large pot of boiling water with 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons washing soda. Polish dry with a soft, dry cloth once the lacquer has been successfully removed.

For Copper & Metals:
*First published November 1, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

Kettle1 TBSP Flour
1 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP White Vinegar


Suitable For: Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter
Not Suitable For: Silver, Silver Plate, Jewelry