How to Remove Brass Tarnish from Jewelry

Bracelets in a row.
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-25
What You'll Need
Baking soda
White vinegar
Measuring cups

Jewelry is meant to be beautiful, but brass tarnish can make it look ugly, old, and dated. You can purchase expensive brass tarnish cleaners or have it cleaned, both of which cost money, or you can create your own brass tarnish remover from household items.

Step 1 - Prepare

Removing brass tarnish comes down to preparation. Take one bowl and place the jewelry in the bowl. Take a second bowl and fill it with cold water and one tablespoon of baking soda.

Step 2 - Remove the Brass Tarnish

Use a measuring cup and begin filling the jewelry bowl with the white vinegar. Continue filling the bowl until the jewelry is covered with vinegar. For each cup of vinegar you have in the bowl, you will need equal amounts of salt in teaspoons. Two cups of vinegar will equal two teaspoons of salt. Sprinkle the salt over the vinegar. The ions in the salt interact with the acid in the vinegar to remove the tarnish.

Step 3 - Neutralization

After the brass tarnish is removed, place the jewelry in the water and baking soda. This stops the chemical reaction.