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How to Clean Brass Jewelry

CareCait SherrickComment

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.

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