By Edith Adams
Friday, December 23, 1955

Vinegar, Salt for Polishing Brass, Copper

A simple way to polish brass or copper is by washing the metal with vinegar in which as much salt as possible has benn dissolved. This can be made into a paste by adding flour. After washing, rinse with water.

A greenish deposit on the metals can be removed by wiping with ammonia, which should be handled with care because of irritating fumes. To prevent further tarnishing, wipe the brass with benzine and then apply a coat of clear brushing lacquer.

Wear gloves for the metal must not be touched with bare hands – the oiliness of the skin would spoil the work. And be careful of fire with the benzine.

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  1. Janet Baines December 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    This is a wonderful, wonderful resource to have. A huge thank you to all the people who have made these old recipes available again :) –From a Mum on a budget who cooks all the time from scratch.

    • cparry December 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks for your thanks, Janet! We’ve worked hard to bring this content back to life, and we plan on releasing more and more throughout the next year until it’s all online. Edith deserves nothing less. :)

  2. Aych December 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Oh, this is a dream come true. Having to downsize, I disposed of my old Vancouver Sun clippings from Edith’s columns. This is a treat to have them on line.
    Many many thanks.

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