Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste

Natural Brass Cleaner – Does It Work?

Want to clean your brass naturally?

I know I did. So, my first step was to look online and find a way to do this.

When I searched, I easily found many brass cleaners on the Internet. One of the first ones I found was a simple and natural brass cleaner – so, I decided to give it a try.

As I have found out with many how-to’s on the Internet, they do not always work. As such, another Tremendous Trial was born.

Let’s try this natural brass cleaner and see if it will bring brass back to its original shine.

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Cleaner Recipe Adjustments

I adjusted the recipe mix slightly as the original recipe seemed like it would make a whole lot of cleaner – and I only had one medium sized decorative brass bowl to clean.

With this recipe mix, I seemed to have plenty of cleaner to clean my brass bowl of about 10″ x 10″ tall.

The Before – Brass Bowl

While this is not my actual hammered brass bowl, this is about how it looked before I tried using this natural cleaner.

It did not have any shiny parts at all. My bowl was a very dark brown color – somewhat like the darker parts of this bowl shown.

Decorative Hammered Brass Bowl Before Cleaning
This Decorative Hammered Brass Bowl shows just how dark and un-shiny brass is before cleaning.

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Let’s Get This Tremendous Trial Started:

  1. Make the paste using the recipe below.
  2. Place a rag or newspapers on your surface (this is a bit messy).
  3. Rub on the cleaner generously.
  4. Leave on for 10-30 minutes – or as long as you need. I tested it – rinsed off the paste – after 10 minutes but my bowl was very dirty and the results were not what I was expecting. So, I rubbed on the paste for a second and even third iteration. Rub paste on, rinse and repeat (just like your shampoo or conditioner 🙂
  5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. (and repeat, if necessary.)
Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste On Top of Newspaper
Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste On Top of Newspaper. Be sure you put down a rag or newspaper as this is messy.

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Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste
Brass Bowl covered with natural cleaner paste. Make your mix like a paste so that it will stay on while doing its cleaning work.
Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste First Pass
Brass Bowl with Natural Cleaner Paste First Pass

After leaving cleaner paste on, test a small patch to see if the results are to your liking. If not, re-paste and let sit longer. If done, rinse and pat dry.

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Natural Brass Cleaner Recipe

Natural Brass Cleaner

Try this all natural brass cleaner. With a bit of simple pantry ingredients and a bit of time, you can get all of your brass looking shiny and new without any harsh chemicals.

Course Cleaner
Keyword brass cleaner, cleaner, natural cleaner
Prep Time 2 minutes


  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • flour enough to make paste


  1. Dissolve salt in vinegar.

  2. Add flour until paste is formed.

  3. Spread generously over brass item.

  4. Leave for 10-30 minutes depending on patina staining.

  5. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

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The After – Brass Bowl

Brass Bowl After Cleaning with Natural Cleaner
My decorative hammered brass bowl was cleaned very nicely with this natural brass cleaner using only vinegar, salt and flour.

Tremendous Trial – Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

As for the success of this Tremendous Trial, I would give it a thumbs up!

While my brass bowl is not as shiny as I remember when I first purchased it, it surely is brighter than it was when I started. And…I did not have to use any nasty chemicals on my hands or put any of those chemicals down the drain. YEAH!

Tremendous Trial Thumbs Up

Easy to make and easy to use, this natural brass cleaner recipe is a keeper. Easily and quickly make your brass regain its natural shine and luster.

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