How to Clean Brass Jewelry

I’m just loving brass and copper jewelry. These materials are new, fresh, and out of the box. And you know I have a lot of brass jewelry because I like to wear my jewelry in layers and layers!

But to me the most daunting thing about wearing unique materials is how to keep them clean. But I have good news: cleaning brass is actually simpler than you think!

I use an everyday technique and a second technique whenever my brass starts to get really dirty. The second one I use just once a twice a year. They are the easiest way to keep your brass fresh, bright and oh so wearable! I’ll show you both techniques here.

BEFORE:

Everyday Cleaning:

Leave your jewelry on everytime you wash your hands. When you wash your hands really thoroughly scrub your brass jewelry too. Dry your hands and around the jewelry completely.

This is the best way to keep your brass jewelry fresh and bright on a day to day basis. Most brass actually doesn’t leave green on your body – but this everyday technique is the best way to prevent that too.

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 Special Cleaning Supplies:

Flour
Salt
Vinegar
Large Plate or Bowl

Method:

Make your flour, salt, and vinegar into a paste by mixing thoroughly. The measurements do not have to be precise but around 1/2 cup flour, 2 tbs. salt and around 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar will do. Cover your brass completely with the paste – inside, outside, and everywhere.

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Allow your mixture to sit on the brass for around 10 minutes. After that time, rinse the brass with warm water and dry thoroughly. After a few hours or a few days you may notice some of your streaks coming back. That’s okay – just clean it again. And remember drying thoroughly is a part of the process.

This mixture is a little stinky but it works like a charm!

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