How to Clean Brass Jewelry Naturally


When I first became pregnant, I remember reading everything I could about health and nutrition.  One of the subjects I came across was everyday toxins.  To me it was a new subject and I wasted no time dumping every toxic chemical and cleaner in our little condo.  Then I preceded to open the windows on a cold Winter day, ushering out more toxic fumes, and this was way before Dr. Oz told us to do so.  Nothing was going to hurt my baby!  My frugal husband was non to pleased I was throwing money out the window (pun intended) by releasing our heated air, but after showing him research and scientific evidence he came around. 

Side note, at the time I was painting in oils and would paint on the back deck, wrapped in a big blanket.  Since then I've learned about non toxic oil paint.  My neighbors were concerned at first, but they too soon realized my motives.  Every since I was first pregnant I've gone the all natural route on everything cleanser related.  Air quality is part of a healthy life. 

This brings me to jewelry cleaners.  Most are toxic as you may have guessed and clean air is too important for me to not look for an alternative jewelry cleanser.  We've found an easy, natural way to clean all our jewelry, but today let's discuss cleaning raw brass jewelry naturally.

Raw brass has a rich, deep color and when it begins to tarnish it takes on a more subtle, muted appearance.  I like the tarnished look of brass, but if you want your raw brass back to it's original shine and glimmer follow this jewelry cleaning recipe. 

I like it because it's easy and you probably already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen. 



All you need is vinegar, salt and flour.  These three versatile home staples can be combined to make a paste to clean tarnished brass.  

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into one-half cup of vinegar, and add flour until the mixture becomes a paste.




Rub into the brass, leave for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and buff dry.



As I said, I appreciate both the tarnished and untarnished look of brass, but the photo below shows how well this natural raw brass jewelry cleaner works.  So easy!


The brass cuffs look so much brighter, and have a beautiful shine to them after they're cleaned. 


Instant gratification, no toxins and a great result.

xo  Maria  



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