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How To Make Copper and Brass Cleaner


Copper and brass naturally discolor over time.

Copper and brass naturally discolor over time.

Torsten Bätge, Creative Commons License

Use these easy instructions to combine common household ingredients to make your own copper, brass, and bronze cleaner.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the liquid ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Transfer the cleaning mixture to a glass jar. Close the jar tightly and label it.
  4. To use the cleaner, shake a small amount onto a cloth and rub it into the surface of the copper, brass, or bronze object. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas. Rinse with water and rub dry with a clean cloth.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 1/2 c powdered detergent
  • 3/4 c white vinegar
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 c very warm water
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • measuring cups
  • quart jar with lid

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