When it comes to cleaning your jewellery, you don’t always need to use the fanciest and most expensive cleaner (despite how much they market it to you). We have comprised a list of household items and how you can utilise them when it comes to cleaning your jewellery at home.
Aluminium Foil & Laundry Detergent
This technique is perfect for cleaning any silver jewellery (no gemstones), through the use of a chemical process named ‘ion exchange’ to lift away any dirt. Start by lining a small bowl with aluminium foil, you then fill this bowl with hot water and mix with a tablespoon bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (not liquid). You should then put your jewellery in this solution and let it soak for one minute, then rinse and air-dry. You can also use this method to clean silverware.
Baking soda can be used to clean a variety of different types of jewellery (aside from jewellery that contains pearls or gemstones). You can remove tarnish from your silver by simply making a paste using a quarter cup of baking soda and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Apply this with a damp sponge, gently rub, rinse and dry. You can also use baking soda to polish your gold jewellery, by simply apply a light coating of baking soda and then proceeding to pour on a bit of vinegar. Then rinse the gold clean.
Using a little bit of white toothpaste on an old toothbrush can be a brilliant solution for lightly scrubbing away at dull pieces of silver, gold and gemstone jewels. You can also use it to spruce up the sparkle on any diamonds. Avoid using it on pearls though. Once done, use a warm damp cloth to clear away any residue.
The use of vinegar is perfect for silver jewellery, especially bracelets and necklaces. Start by filling half a cup with white vinegar, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, then leave your jewellery to soak. Once you’ve left your silver to soak for approximately 2-3 hours, rinse it under some cold water and dry thoroughly using a soft cloth.
If you are looking to revitalise the appearance of your pearls, you should ensure to clean them with care. You should start by laying a strand of soft cloth. Then dip a small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, you should then gently go over each pearl. Be sure to then dry these pearls using a damp cloth once you are done. You can learn more about jewellery cleaning tips here.
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