How to Clean Jewelry at Home
Today, on Redhead Mom, we’re sharing this partnered guest post about How to Clean Jewelry at Home.
When was the last time you have cleaned your jewelry? Let’s face it – chances are that you can’t even remember. No matter how beautiful your jewelry is unless you give it a good polish, it won’t really get a chance to shine in its full glory.
However, getting your jewelry professionally cleaned can sometimes get quite pricey. Especially if you have plenty of it. Not only that but with such busy lifestyles we are all leading, remembering to actually take your jewelry to the store and get it cleaned is definitely not something on the top of our priority lists. But why would you take your jewelry to have it cleaned when you can do it yourself?
That being said, here are some simple tips on how to clean your jewelry at home.
Acetylsalicylic acid is the main component of the medicine we know as aspirin. Aside from having numerous health benefits, this acid is also excellent when used as a jewelry cleaning solution. Simply fill a dish with water and dissolve some aspirins in it. When the aspirin gets completely dissolved, pop your jewelry pieces in and let them sit in the solution for a while. You will notice the dirt and grime literally falling off of your favorite pieces. This is particularly useful when it comes to jewelry pieces, such as earrings, that can sometimes be quite tricky to clean. After you take your earrings out, dry them off well with a cotton cloth or a paper towel and hang them on your stylish earring holder to dry off additionally.
Give it a good scrub with a toothbrush
For those pieces that are a bit more elaborate in their design, you can use a toothbrush and some toothpaste and give them a good scrub. The toothbrush, although very detailed, won’t damage the surface of your jewelry pieces, so you don’t need to worry. However, it would be best if you go with a plain white toothpaste for the best result. If the toothpaste you are using contains baking soda – the results will be even better!
Use baking soda
Furthermore, baking soda is also excellent as a cleaning agent, in general, and jewelry is no exception. Simply get yourself a bowl and fill it with water. Depending on the type of jewelry you’re about to clean, there are a few ways you can approach it. If you are cleaning faux gold or silver jewelry, add a piece of an aluminum foil to the bottom of your bowl, add hot water, baking soda, salt and dish soap and mix all of the ingredients. Soak your jewelry in the mixture for about 5 to 10 minutes and rinse it well. Dry off with a gentle cloth.
Soak it in club soda or beer
For your jewelry pieces made of gold – provided that there are no gemstones – you can use beer to clean it. Not dark ale but regular lager beer. Soak a cotton cloth with beer and rub your golden pieces gently. Rinse off and use a dry cloth or a paper towel to dry them off. If on the other and, your jewelry contains any precious stones or gems, such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds, you can use club soda instead. Simply pour club soda in a dish and soak your pieces overnight.
These were just some of the ways you can give your jewelry its old shine back without necessarily having to get them cleaned professionally or using any harsh chemicals. The results will be stunning and you won’t have to wait for your pieces to get done.