How to Polish Brass Naturally

If you're averse to using commercial products to polish your favorite brass pieces, you might find some natural alternatives right in your own kitchen. Some might even surprise you in a good way, because they can restore your brass pieces to their original luster with relative ease. You might not favor the smell of one method -- a cooked onion -- but any objections should peel right away when you see the results.

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Use non-abrasive and lint-free microfiber cloths for polishing brass.

Step 1

Moisten a clean cloth with olive oil. Wipe the brass until it shines.

Step 2

Squirt some ketchup on a clean cloth. Spread it over the surface of the brass. Wipe off the residue with another cloth and buff the brass until it gleams.

Step 3

Dampen a cloth with Worcestershire sauce. Spread it over the brass piece. Rinse the brass with warm water. Buff the brass to a shine with a microfiber cloth.

Step 4

Combine 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a bowl. For brass that is heavily tarnished, add enough baking soda to create a paste. Rub the solution onto the brass with a soft cloth. Rinse the brass under lukewarm water and then buff dry and then polish with a microfiber cloth.

Step 5

Chop an onion into large pieces. Place the pieces into a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the onion pieces to a boil. Use a strainer to separate the onions from the onion water. Dip a soft cloth into the onion water to polish tarnished brass.