cleaning handmade vintage homewares

I love thrifting unique pieces. Finding handmade ceramic, clay, metal, stone pieces is one of my favorite things to thrift - especially when they have the artist’s signature on it. I often feel silly about this but I always hope that I can give those little objects a good home in case the artist ever stumbles into it online and they can see how cherished their pieces are. 

I find cleaning these pieces is quite easy. However, and I feel it necessary to put a disclaimer out there: I am not a professional. I am also learning and using this platform to experiment and share the results as well. 

So bottom line, I think that you should definitely use your judgement. If you’re not 100% sure on how to approach cleaning a clay, or ceramic piece and none of your items have a finish that look like any of the featured items in this post comment below and I will try to get you answers.

So, here we are. What do we need to do to clean your thrifted, vintage ceramic and clay handmade items? The answer is simple, VINEGAR. Vinegar is one of the best, most versatile products that you can have at home. If you’re into a more natural approach for your cleaning products I suggest you definitely look into this. The ingredients for this cleaning mixture are:

  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap
  • 2 towels (1 to clean and 1 to dry)
  • 1 soft toothbrush (if applicable)

First start by mixing the dish soap and water then proceed to add the vinegar. Once everything is combined you want to grab your item and start gently cleaning it all over with one of your towels. 

For items that have a lot of detail, use the toothbrush to really get into the creases; just make sure that you’re not rubbing the surface too hard. Quickly rinse your item and gently pat it with your dry towel, and with that you are done!

Check out the video below to see the cleaning process and the details of each piece.

All pieces are available in our shop.