Bud vases are a dime a dozen, but strangely enough I’ve never owned a single one- until today. I was at my local favorite thrift store and spotted these two brass bud vases for $2 a piece.
Normally I really prefer that darker patina, but they just kind of felt grungy and dirty to me, so I decided I would try to polish them up as soon as I got home. I’ve been out of any sort of metal polish for a while now, so I did a quick Google search to see if there were any natural methods I could try.
Ketchup came up at the top of my search, so ketchup it was!
I rubbed it on with a soft cloth for about two minutes per vase.
The smell of that metal and ketchup together (gag) may haunt my dreams, but it was a small price to pay for a natural cleaning method that actually worked pretty well. After the ketchup treatment, I gave each vase a light scrub with some dish soap, and then buffed them dry.
Here is a before and after for comparison:
They both cleaned up much better than I expected.
I’m probably abnormally pleased about the possibilities for these little guys, but their size means they can be used so many places around the house without taking up valuable real estate. And now I’ll finally have a place to pop that random leftover flower or two.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “Wow, a bud vase would really come in handy right now!”