Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How to Clean Jewelry at Home

With a thousand things to check off your to-do list every single day, don’t strain your schedule or pockets by paying someone else to clean your jewelry. There are a number of cheap and efficient at-home methods you can use to get your jewels shining just like the very first time you tried them on.
The following 5 methods are easy to do and most won’t take longer than a few minutes to complete!
5 of the best home cleaning remedies for your dirty baubles:
Baking Soda [Toothpaste]
This is the best method to use if you’re wondering how to clean silver jewelry. Mix a combination of one part baking soda and one part water in a glass. Take a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and carefully scrub the jewelry all over, focusing on the small nooks and crannies. Be sure not to scrub too hard, or you may scratch the metal. Next, simply rinse the ring in cool water and dry the glistening trinket with a lint-free cloth or material. Side note: Toothpaste containing baking soda is also a great cleanser - just apply a small dab onto a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub!
Ammonia is a very harsh cleaner, especially when it comes to soft gold or pearl jewelry. Ammonia has corrosive and caustic capabilities, so it’s best to use it for occasional, rather than frequent, cleaning. Mix one part ammonia to six parts water and soak your jewelry in the mixture for a few minutes – the stronger the metal, the longer it can soak. After its bath, remove the jewelry by straining it, run under cool water, gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush and then dry with a soft, lint-free polishing cloth.
Great for gold jewelry, vinegar is often thought of as a wonder cleaner! Drop your jewelry into a small container full of vinegar and let it soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Next, give the container a gentle shake. Remove from the container and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse under hot running water and dry with a lint-free cloth.
Dish Soap
For softer materials like pearls and gold, a mixture of one part mild dish soap and three parts warm water is all you need to get that day-one clean. Soak your jewelry in the mixture anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Stronger metals can stay in the solution longer. Remove your gems and gently clean with a soft toothbrush. Next, run them under warm water and then dry using a soft, lint-free cloth. The soap and water technique is the preferred method for cleaning titanium and tungsten jewelry.
Another easy cleaning technique is to use antacids. Drop two antacid tablets into a glass of warm water. Add your jewelry into the mix and let the fizz do its work! The fizz acts like a natural scrubber, so this method is fairly low-maintenance. Let the jewelry sit for about two to five minutes and then rinse. Dry them with a gentle, lint-free material.
One very important last note: Don’t forget to plug the drain when using any of these at home jewelry cleaning methods - the last thing you want is to watch your jewelry wash down the drain!
Let us know in the comments which method proved most useful for you.
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