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How to Clean Brass Door Handles

Clean brass door handles with acidic lemon juice or vinegar.
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Things You'll Need:

  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Soft cloths
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Salt


  • Be careful scrubbing brass-coated fixtures because abrasives may damage them.

Brass, an alloy made of zinc and copper, has been used since ancient times. It adds an elegant touch to any home's decor. This durable metal doesn't rust and has acoustic properties, making it a good choice for musical instruments. It is also a popular choice for cookware and home fixtures. Brass door handles can become dull and tarnished, but you can reverse that process with vinegar or lemon juice.

Basic Cleaning

Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Dip a cloth into the soapy water and wring it out.

Wipe the door handles with the soapy cloth. Dip the brush into the water and gently scrub solid brass handles to remove stubborn dirt and debris.

Rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe it over the door handles to remove soap residue. Dry the handles with a clean cloth.

Removing Tarnish

Soak a cloth with white vinegar or pure lemon juice. Add a small amount of salt to the cloth.

Wipe the door handle thoroughly with the cloth. Rinse the cloth in clean water and wring it out. Wipe the door handles to rinse the vinegar or lemon juice.

Dry the door handles with a soft cloth. Buff the handles with the cloth until they shine.

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