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Thread: Is it safe to wash deprimed brass in dishwasher by themself (no other dishes, pots….)

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    Is it safe to wash deprimed brass in dishwasher by themself (no other dishes, pots….)

    Title says it.

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    No. If bag opens, dish washer may eat brass. They grind up small food particals. Maybe brass too?

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    If I have a bunch of dirty range brass I dump in gas and slosh around in a large coffee can then use a screen when I pour them out. Then I put them in my vibrator and mix room scent to get rid of smell and add a little liquid car polish. That makes then easier to resize.

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    I think you'd be wasting your time & effort.
    The dishwasher probably won't do much to clean or rinse out the inside of the cases.
    If they're in a bag, just dunking them in a sink of water several times will do the same as the dishwasher.

    I wash brass in the sink with soap & water.
    Open the drain & rinse them. That gets the dirt & surface oils off.
    Lay them out on a towel to dry.

    Size & de-prime rifle brass. Trim if needed. Tumble, then rinse in gasoline again to get sizing oils off.
    Pistol brass goes from soap & water wash, to tumbler, then to reloading process.
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    There are many posts on the forum about the use of citric acid as a brass wash. That is all I do, and it saves me the grief of my wife finding brass in the dishwasher, that she had not authorized.

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    A mesh laundry bag and your washing machine along with all your shop towels would be a better choice.
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    Why are you wanting to wash brass? Black powder loads? I pulled some very old .25-06 out of my shop that had been in there for 10s of years and some polish, media and 3-4 hours in my orange ball and they look like new.

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    I use boiling water and citric acid as a cleaner in a big tub. Works great. Not mirror shiny but good enough.

    Brass in your dish washer is just looking for an appliance repairman to call!!!!!!!!

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    are you single or married, that answer makes a world of difference to your question.
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    Don’t do that, and especially don’t do it with dish detergent.

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    I have tried that and found it to be not so helpful. The brass came out very clean, but also tarnished almost black. I had a wood loading block drilled out so all case mouths faced down. No black powder residue, but very heavy tarnish. I am not sure if it was the heat or cleaning agents. Wow, you got some wild answer, LOL

    I would think a bag full in the clothes washer might work fine.

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    I wouldn't-- some primers contain lead styphenate (may have spelled that wrong), and if you are shooting cast your cases will have traces of lead. You don't want lead anywhere near anything related to food production or dishes. Even washed alone, the brass can still contaminate the dishwasher.
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    No it is not safe it will line your dishwasher with lead residue from the fired primes and then wash the dishes you eat off? DON"T DO IT

    Besides your wife or mother will KILL you.

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    Thank y’all kindly, reason says to not try it. This time I’ll go with reason. Oh, I’m hitched and have been happily so for last 56 years…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forty Rod Ray View Post
    Oh, I’m hitched and have been happily so for last 56 years…
    Even more reason to be careful what gun stuff you bring inside.

    I used to wash large batches of brass for the first cycle in the kitchen sink, then dry them in the oven.
    After the second .45ACP snuck into a batch and cooked off-----
    ALL future reloading activities were forever banned from the kitchen.
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    Ice cream pail + 50 to 200 rounds of empty brass + fruit fresh from the dollar store. Vary with amount of brass to clean. Teaspoon for 50, tablespoon for 250. + a few drops of dawn dishwashing soap. Boiling water enough to cover the brass.

    Swirl, walk by 5 min later swirl again, come back after half hour and give it 3-4 more good swirls. Use large collander to strain. Rinse well with hot water. Dump back into the bucket, fill with hot water from the tap. Swirl well, drain. I dump mine into a towel and take it into the living room.

    Run a small brush into each primer pocket, then roll the cartridge on a cotton towel laying on my leg.

    Any splits, seperations will grab the towel making them easy to remove.

    Once I've processed them all I pour them into a clean towel set in a warm dry spot for half an hour to dry.

    I use a FA hand depriming unit. Will often start with a mixed bag of 2-3 types of pistol and maybe 25-30 rifle rounds. They get sorted in the process.

    After they are dry they are ready for resizing die, primers, powder through die or flaring, M-die. Get a charge and get loaded.

    No they don't look new, but I don't have to be ashamed of them either. Requires minimal tools, supply's, time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHawk View Post
    Ice cream pail + 50 to 200 rounds of empty brass + fruit fresh from the dollar store. Vary with amount of brass to clean. Teaspoon for 50, tablespoon for 250. + a few drops of dawn dishwashing soap. Boiling water enough to cover the brass.

    Swirl, walk by 5 min later swirl again, come back after half hour and give it 3-4 more good swirls. Use large collander to strain. Rinse well with hot water. Dump back into the bucket, fill with hot water from the tap. Swirl well, drain. I dump mine into a towel and take it into the living room.

    Run a small brush into each primer pocket, then roll the cartridge on a cotton towel laying on my leg.

    Any splits, seperations will grab the towel making them easy to remove.

    Once I've processed them all I pour them into a clean towel set in a warm dry spot for half an hour to dry.

    I use a FA hand depriming unit. Will often start with a mixed bag of 2-3 types of pistol and maybe 25-30 rifle rounds. They get sorted in the process.

    After they are dry they are ready for resizing die, primers, powder through die or flaring, M-die. Get a charge and get loaded.

    No they don't look new, but I don't have to be ashamed of them either. Requires minimal tools, supply's, time.
    There is something very relaxing about just reading how you do this. THIS is how reloading is supposed to be done, not trying to find ways to do it bigger and faster.

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    Get a brass cleaner, tumbler or vibratory style.

    You folks that use gasoline, to clean brass, write me down in your will. Sooner or later you will find out what happens when gasoline detonates and you are at arms length from it. I have seen the results, it ain’t pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapier View Post
    Get a brass cleaner, tumbler or vibratory style.

    You folks that use gasoline, to clean brass, write me down in your will. Sooner or later you will find out what happens when gasoline detonates and you are at arms length from it. I have seen the results, it ain’t pretty.
    That seems pretty far fetched. How do you support this claim?
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