How to Remove Odor From Metal

There are many types of metals including aluminum, copper, gold, iron, nickel, platinum, steel, silver, tin and titanium. Metals can smell for many reasons, such as everyday wear and body oils for metal jewelry, something that was cooked in metal cookware or harsh metal cleaners. Fortunately, cleaning and deodorizing metals, regardless of the type of metal and reason for the smell, is fairly simple. Vinegar and baking soda help deodorize odors and are safe for all types of metals.

Neutralize an odorous metal with vinegar or baking soda.


Step 1

Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar.

Step 2

Use a soft cloth to rub the mixture into the metal. Allow the mixture to dry on the metal.

Step 3

Wet a soft cloth with warm water and wipe away the vinegar.

Step 4

Use a towel to dry the metal so it doesn't get water spots.

Baking Soda

Step 5

Mix equal parts of baking soda and water to create a paste-like consistency. If the paste is watery, add more baking soda; if the paste is too thick, add more water.

Step 6

Rub the paste onto the metal using a soft cloth. Allow the paste to dry on the metal

Step 7

Dip a soft cloth in warm water and wipe away the paste. For strong smells, dip a soft cloth in white vinegar and wipe away the paste. Dip a soft cloth in warm water and wipe away the vinegar.

Step 8

Dry the metal with a towel to prevent water spotting.