Ever wondered how to easily clean your brass & copper jewelry? Here's the recipe: a tasty craft beer, good reading material...oh, and ketchup & baking soda.
Method: put a bit of ketchup in a shallow dish, enough to cover metal (while being careful to avoid the gems or stones) and then let rest for 45 minutes or so. While you wait, pour delicious beverage, prop up your feet & enjoy your chosen good read. Use an old toothbrush (no, not your roommate's!!) with a bit of water and baking soda to scrub off the ketchup and brighten those hop earrings to look brand new again.
Finally, congratulate yourself for going on such an exhausting saturday cleaning craze. ;)