How to Clean Stained Brass

A brass door handle.
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-30
What You'll Need
Lemon juice
Table salt
Warm water
Spray bottle
Scrub brush

If you've been looking for an effective way to clean brass stains, you should know that common lemon juice and table salt can make a highly potent brass stain remover. Below are the steps you'll need to take to remove stains from any brass items in your home.

Step 1 - Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Before getting rid of any stains, you will need to create an easy-to-make homemade cleaning solution. Begin this step by acquiring an empty spray bottle and combine 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp table salt, and ½ cup warm water.

Once the ingredients have been combined, securely seal the spray bottle and apply the cleaner to any stained areas of the brass item you wish to clean.

Step 2 - Clean the Brass Stains

Now that you've mixed your cleaner, use your spray bottle to apply it to the stains. Once the cleaner has been applied, allow it to set in for about 10 minutes, as its acidic nature will help life and break apart the stains, ultimately making it easier for them to wipe off.

Next, depending on how stubborn the stains are, use either a washcloth or a scrub brush to purge them from your brass item. Lastly, rinse all remaining traces of your cleaning solution off the clean brass underneath a faucet.