How to Make Brasso

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Clean tarnished brass around the home with homemade Brasso cleaner.

Brasso is a metal polish that originated in the early 1900s. Available today in a paste or impregnated into wadding, Brasso is used to clean a variety of metals and in particular brass. An alternative to purchasing Brasso is to make a homemade version of the cleaner with common kitchen ingredients. The homemade brass cleaner is effective, less expensive and safer for the environment than the commercially produced Brasso.


Step 1

Pour 1 pint of white vinegar into a spray bottle.

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Step 2

Add 3 Tbsp. of table salt to the vinegar in the spray bottle.

Step 3

Place the top on the spray bottle and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients.


Step 4

Spray brass letters, numbers, pots or other objects with the homemade Brasso cleaner.

Step 5

Allow the spray to sit on the brass object for several minutes. Wipe the tarnish away from the brass with a rag.



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