Quick Tip: How to Clean Brass Jewelry

A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets C started an Alex & Ani collection for me about a year ago, and every now and then he surprises me with a new one. I love that each bracelet comes with a special meaning; everyone’s stack tells a little story about who they are. After several months of daily wear, my brass Alex & Ani bracelets started to tarnish and leave black marks on my wrist. I was super bummed and thought they were ruined, until I learned this simple trick from a friend on Facebook. A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets You’re going to need some ketchup. If you don’t have any in the fridge, take this opportunity to make a trip to Chik-fil-A for waffle fries and pick up a pack or twoI mean, any excuse for waffle fries is a good excuse, amiright? A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets - BEFORE Cover each brass bracelet in a thin layer of ketchup, and let them sit for a minute or two on a clean cloth. Then, using another clean cloth, carefully wipe it all off. A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets Quickly run the bracelets under warm water to remove any remaining ketchup and dry them completely, and voilá! Good as new. A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets - AFTER Update: Use this trick sparingly and pay close attention to your pieces as you clean them. While ketchup is an effective brass polisher, Alex & Ani sent me a friendly tweet to warn that it could damage the finish. So exercise a little caution. :)

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26 Comments

  1. 3.24.17

    Great, initially did not believe it but it turned out to be very helpful tips

  2. 12.1.15

    WOW! Amazing! I have no idea that this is possible. I am going to try it immediately. Thank you for sharing it. I am so glad when I learnt something new. Best regards!

  3. 11.19.15

    It is so nice that you shared this trick with us, Keira! I didn’t know how to clean my brass jewellery until I read your post. Best regards

  4. 10.27.15

    I can`t believe my eyes! Ketchup cleaned my bracelet , too. I have tried this idea and I am really surprised. I am going to clean all my jewelries. Thank you for sharinh such an interesting method! Best regards!

  5. 6.11.15

    What a great idea! I have a couple of brass bracelets that just need cleaning and I’ll try this way. But can I clean some silver rings with a ketchup too? Thanks for the post!

  6. 6.2.15
    Drew said:

    My favorite part of the directions is when you get to go get waffle fries. I have ketchup in my fridge but I’m pretty sure chick-fil-a ketchup works better. Thanks for sharing this great tip!

  7. 11.20.14
    Charlene said:

    I was skeptical but.this totally works!!! Thx so much for posting *)

  8. 9.25.14

    This made me laugh! never knew something so simple could work so well! -Juliet

  9. 7.19.14

    This was so helpful! Thanks!

  10. 7.17.14
    demsy24 said:

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  11. 7.14.14

    Love Alex and Ani! Who would have thought ketchup? Interesting read!
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  13. 7.11.14

    This is perfect for me. THANK YOU!

  14. 7.11.14

    Reblogged this on Your Fairy Godmother and commented:
    This is a good tip for you lovelies who wear brass!

  15. 7.11.14
    Amy said:

    Would have never thought to use ketchup

  16. 7.11.14
    maddieb said:

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  17. 7.11.14

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  18. 7.10.14
    Carolina E. said:

    This is so good to know and it looks like new!

  19. 7.10.14

    Wow I had no idea! Really glad I found this blog!

  20. 7.10.14
    kaymc214 said:

    My alex & ani haven’t been looking their best- so this is super helpful! Thanks so much(:

  21. 7.10.14

    Wow – what a cheap and cheerful cleanser – not to mention cost-effective too.