How to Clean Brass Cases With Distilled Vinegar


Brass is composed of copper and zinc in different quantities. The coloring is similar to gold and is used in several applications, from the construction of musical instruments to the manufacturing of zippers and doorknobs. After several years of exposure to the elements, including pollution and humidity, brass will begin to tarnish. Distilled vinegar is a safe and effective cleaner that will restore the shine to a brass case without causing any damage to this softer metal.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. distilled vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • Small bowl
  • Flour
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Pour two tbsp. distilled vinegar and two tbsp. salt into a small bowl.

  • Stir the ingredients and continue to add flour until a paste consistency is achieved.

  • Dip the corner of a microfiber cloth into the paste.

  • Work the vinegar and salt paste into the brass case in a circular motion. Apply pressure to remove any dirt and bring the shine back to the brass piece.

  • Rinse the brass piece off with cool water and dry with a microfiber cloth.

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