Bob Vila's Tip of the Day: The first thing you need to know before polishing any brass object is whether the item is solid brass, or brass-plated steel, zinc, or cast iron. The easiest way to check is by placing a small magnet on the piece you’re not sure about. Magnets will not stick to solid brass, so if the magnet sticks, the piece is brass-plated. Plated items can be cleaned with hot soapy water, but rubbing or polishing them too aggressively can remove the brass plating.
How To Clean Brass Using 2 Natural Kitchen Ingredients
1/2 cup baking soda 1 cup white vinegar 2 tbsp. table salt Small bowl Soft cloths Mix the ingredients together well. Dip the corner of a soft cloth into the mixture. Apply a thick layer of the paste onto the brass piece. Allow the mixture to remain for 10 minutes. Rinse off the paste with cool water. Buff the brass item with a soft cloth. The reaction caused and sodium in the baking soda and salt dissolves the tarnish.
How to Clean Brass and Copper with One Simple Ingredient!