Take the time once a year to clean the metal surfaces in your home. The task will seem less daunting if you set aside one morning dedicated to cleaning. Here's another homemade paste to clean brass and copper. Combine lemon juice, salt, and yellow cornmeal. Rub it onto brass or copper using a soft, dry cloth; rinse with cool water and dry.
The abrasive texture of the salt and cornmeal buffs tarnishes off the soft metal surfaces and restores the brass and copper to their original condition. Now there's no excuse not to have sparkling metals around the house.
Adapted from "Lemon Juice: Lighten Your Hair and Solve Household Problems," © 2009 Publications International, Ltd.