Homemade Brass Polish

I recently bought a vintage glass blown lamp at a local thrift store and I’ve had it basically sitting around the house for a while now. I finally had a few moments to hang it up in our bedroom, but, sadly, it was tarnished and dirty – quite the eyesore considering how beautiful this piece was! I wasn’t sure what type of metal it was; the metal looks plated, so I decided to experiment. I found a recipe for a homemade non-toxic cleaner – no chemicals, no harsh odors, made with ingredients that you probably have sitting in your cupboard. After cleaning the fixture it looked like it could be a copper plated fixture, but no harm done; this brass polish was gentle enough.





Homemade Brass Polish


  1. Mix 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a glass bowl.
  2. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour at a time and stir until a thick paste forms.
  3. Dip a rag into the paste and wipe a thin coating over the brass.
  4. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth – I used my waterpik to get the cleaner out from the crevices of the metal and glass.
  5. Follow with a dry cloth to buff.

Luckily, it was easier than expected to replace the fluorescent fixture mounted on the ceiling in our house. No electrical experience needed; just make sure you turn off the power! I turned off the entire circuit breaker to be safe. This quick update really transformed our room – take a look!





About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.


  1. Thank You! I’m going to try it tonight. God Bless.

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