When most of us think of clean up, we tend to think of our work, but sometimes we need it too. I don’t usually mind the toll that metalsmithing takes on my hands, at least not until someone wants to look closely at one of the rings I am wearing and then I notice that blue rouge does not make for the most attractive of manicure solutions.
To avoid using harsh soaps and still remove the gunk, I mix baking soda with mild hand soap, which removes polishing compounds and abrasive wheel grits without taking my skin with it. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to do a patch test first to avoid any possible allergic reactions.
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