Make your brass jewelry pieces look new again with these items that you can find at home.
Brass is another metal that is gaining popularity in the fashion jewelry industry. It has a beautiful moderate sheen and possesses that old world charm the romantics live for. As with any metal, the luster and beauty start to fade after a long time of wear. Same is the case for wholesale fashionable jewelry pieces that have been in the inventory for a long time. And if you are not used to cleaning your them, they are probably covered in layers of oil, dirt, and dead skin. Sometimes, they tend to tarnish as well. If this is the case for most of your brass jewelry, then it's time to start cleaning them now. Here are a few things at home which you can use to keep your pieces looking new again.
Soap and warm water solution
This method is the simplest and most accessible. Add a few drops of any mild liquid dish soap in a bowl filled with warm water. Rub your brass jewelry while submerged in the solution. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for stubborn grime. Once you're done, rinse in running tap water and dry with a clean lint-free cloth.
Toothpaste can not only clean your sterling silver jewelry but can clean brass jewelry as well. Make sure that the toothpaste is the non-gel type, as the gel ones are not that effective with cleaning. All you have to do is put a small amount of the paste onto a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub all over your jewelry piece. Rinse with tap water once all the grime has been removed and dry with a clean lint-free cloth.
Vinegar and salt
The vinegar and salt solution is best for removing tarnish. Just mix half a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt in a clean bowl, either plastic or glass then heat in the microwave. Once warmed, submerge your brass jewelry into the mixture for a few minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to rub the dirt away then rinse with tap water. Dry with a lint-free cloth.
Vinegar and baking soda
Vinegar, when mixed with baking soda, is also an excellent combination for removing tarnish. Mix the two and create a smooth paste, then rub it into the brass piece until it is covered entirely with it. Leave it for about half an hour. Then rinse with running tap water and dry with a lint-free cloth.
Another item effective in removing tarnish is everyone's favorite condiment -- ketchup. As with sterling silver, all you have to do is apply ketchup all over the piece, not forgetting its nooks and crannies. Rub with a cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush until the tarnish, and stubborn dirt has come off. Rinse with water and pat dry with a lint-free towel.
Lemon juice and salt
Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl of water and add a teaspoon of salt. Fully submerge your brass jewelry piece in the mixture and watch as the stubborn grime slowly goes off of the surface of the jewelry. Once all the dirt is removed, wash under running tap water and dry with a clean lint-free cloth.
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