How to Clean Brass That Has Tarnished

Display of lemon juice, baking soda and a bowl filled with these mixed ingredients. Old, tarnished knobs are on the left. Clean brass knobs are on the right.
You can remove years of tarnish from brass knobs with simple ingredients.

Some people can revive just about anything in their home, but feel stumped when they encounter one particular material. Want to learn how to clean brass? Then read on!

Have you ever wondered, “Does brass tarnish?” If so, you probably haven’t owned anything that’s brass!

This building material, which is made from copper and zinc, may be beautiful, durable and resist corrosion, but it eventually tarnishes, according to Popular Mechanics.

Fortunately, when that happens, there is a solution.

Here’s how to clean brass: Place 3/4 cup of lemon juice in a bowl, add 1/2 cup of baking soda, mix well and submerge the brass pieces.

After about 30 minutes, scrub each piece with a scouring sponge until it’s shiny. 

And that’s it!

You can file this under “We practice what we preach.” I used this recipe to clean tarnished brass cabinet knobs, and it worked beautifully.

Let us know how it goes for you in the comments below!  


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