Brass. We all love it for its gold tones, light weight + budget friendly qualities. It's an easy, artistic alternative to gold...until it tarnishes, right?
I hear you.
Tarnished brass jewelry doesn't bother me as much as it bothers some. I like how a patina gives it character, makes it unique + shows that you love it enough to wear it often, but I definitely prefer when it looks fresh, shiny + gold.
More than one person has asked me how to clean it over the years, so I thought it was time to create a tutorial of my own + post it here for ease of access. This tutorial is quick, easy + it requires only two standard kitchen ingredients that you probably already have at home.
1/2 a lemon
1 tsp of baking soda*
*adjust according to juiciness of lemon
// Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into a small bowl.
// Add 1 tsp of baking soda. It will fiz A LOT, but it will settle down as you continue to stir.
// Keep stirring until you have a paste. Add more lemon juice/baking soda, if need be.
// Apply the paste to your brass jewelry with a soft cloth or your fingers + rub. I mostly used my fingers + rubbed until I saw a noticeable difference in color.
// Re-apply + repeat as necessary.
// Rinse off the paste + dry your jewelry.
// For an added shine, buff your jewelry with a soft polishing cloth.