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How do you clean rust from metal jewelry? Answered

How do you clean rust from metal jewelry? and those greenish residue thingy on metal jewelry.. how do you clean it? Safely without damaging the jewelry..?


What is the metal? Sounds like either pot metal, copper or brass. If it's brass the green stuff is not good for you. You can clean copper with anything with a light acid base like vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice. you have to leave it on there a while. Some suggest with these items that you use salt as a light abrasive. None of these things would hurt metal. If there is a stone in the metal that is a different story. Some stones, shells, opals, pearls can not be put in harsh cleaners so you will have to look into it.

I have had good results using molasses. It works well on rusty steel and oxidised aluminium. I don't know about other metals.
 Mix at about 10 or 15 parts water to 1 part molasses. Soak the rusted material for as long as it takes to turn all the rust or whatever into grey sludge (could be a week or more for heavily rusted metal), and then rinse/scrub it off with clean water.
The mixture takes away the rust and leaves the metal.
I thought it was a joke when I first heard of this method, so I tried it on some old car parts, and was surprised how good it worked. Also molasses won't harm you. Horses eat it, so you could probably get it at a pet or farm supplier.
Let us know if you try this and it works for you.

If you have a rock tumbler or ball mill, giving the jewelry a tumble with some walnut-shell polishing media will clean it right up. Otherwise, the vinegar & salt solution is great, especially for copper & brass.


8 years ago

Rust: soak jewelry in vinegar overnight and brush off gently with soft cloth.

Green stuff: I don't know much about it but you could try vinegar as long as the green stuff isn't already part of the metal.

Hope I helped!!