Keeping your Brass and Copper Shiny

Keeping your Brass and Copper Shiny:  Brass, once exposed to oxygen, will begin to tarnish. A layer of sealer can prevent brass from tarnishing. Many brass surfaces come with this finish that basically prevents the air from reaching the metal. Unfortunately, the coating can wear down over time. This means your brass surfaces will turn dark eventually. Cleaning copper or brass can be a daunting task, but once the brass or copper is cleaned properly, it shines with a mirror-like finish. It is important to note, that you don’t have to use harsh chemicals in order to get the shine back. You can use ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.

Copper items tarnish easily and lose their traditional gleam, but there’s an easy and organic fix for that: tomato ketchup. Ketchup has a high concentration of one of our favorite ingredients: vinegar. Look for a natural, organic tomato product if possible to avoid getting extra chemicals and sugar that isn’t necessary for the cleaning process.

• Ketchup
• Warm water

To Use: Use an old rag to thoroughly coat the pan bottom or object with ketchup. You’ll want to do this in a sink so the items can rest for 10–20 minutes. Then simply rinse with warm water to remove the ketchup and admire your newly restored copper or brass pieces. Do let us know if you have more tips on Keeping your Brass and Copper Shiny.

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