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Guest Blogger: How to Clean Brass

 brass reindeer stocking holders

I started decorating for the holidays and found these adorable brass reindeer stocking holders at Goodwill.  Brass has made a popular come back in home décor, and it’s easy to find in Goodwill stores too!

brass items with lemon

I have an obsession with vintage brass, but it’s often dirty and needs a thorough cleaning.  Once I brought these home, I realized that I had a lot of brass treasures that all needed to be cleaned.

brass cleaned with lemon

Here’s how I cleaned my brass finds:

  1. Check that it’s actually brass by holding a magnet to it.  If the magnet sticks, it might not be brass.  If it doesn’t, then continue with my tutorial.
  2. I tried 2 different methods:
    1. Made a paste of half of a lemon and baking soda, and then rubbed it all over the brass with a soft cloth
    2. Cut a lemon in half and pour some table salt on it.  Use the lemon as a scouring pad to scrub the brass.
  3. Wash it off and repeat as necessary.
  4. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy… almost literally.

reindeer brass holders

Both methods were successful, although I preferred Method 2 due to how easy it was.  I was able to clean my (new-to-me) brass reindeer, as well as a plethora of other Goodwill treasures. 

Join me next time as I share some easy DIY décor ideas for decorating for the holidays with Goodwill!

Ever since she can remember, Ariel has looked for a creative outlet.  From decorating cakes and sewing to repurposing furniture and interior design, she enjoys creating beauty around her.  She established her personal decorating blog District of Decor when she and her husband moved to their little apartment in Washington D.C. in 2015.  You can follow her on Instagram @districtofdecor

Ariel is an avid “thrifter” and budget decorator, as well as a teacher and expectant mom (any day now)!  After being a military spouse for 9 years (and moving 7 times in the first 7 years), her focus is on making a house (or in this case, her small city apartment) into a stylish home on a budget.  She also has a penchant for Chesterfield sofas, Campaign dressers, and bar carts of all types.

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1 Comment for Guest Blogger: How to Clean Brass

Md Nayeem
December 4, 2017

Great solvency!!!

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