TIP: Cleaning brass

 

 

Cleaning brass is smelly and usually involves vinyl gloves, old t-shirts and Brasso. Duraglit makes just as much black muck and smells just as bad.

My mother came back from the USA some years ago with a paperback about old-fashioned cleaning products. As a reluctant housewife, I left it in the bookshelves unread.

My ‘Declutter and Clean 2018’ initiative prompted me to get reading.

Cleaning brass with tomato ketchup ?! Well, I was sceptical too.

Old toothbrush for the engraving, Tesco own brand ketchup for under £1, vinyl gloves and a big apron. I used the white enamelled steel bath in our bathroom and it was fine but probably should have used the stainless steel sink.

  1. Squirt tomato ketchup on brass object.
  2. If detailed, use old clean toothbrush to work the ketchup into the grooves.
  3. Make sure that the object is covered.
  4. Leave it to work for a few minutes.
  5. Rinse off and dry with kitchen paper immediately.

Don’t use on mixed metals eg silver on copper, just brass. If the object is old and you want some patina, don’t use this method. If on the other hand, like me, you bought some dallahs at boot fairs, this will get them all shiny and new-looking. Far more environmentally friendly than chemicals too !

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