After years of wearing your beloved jewelry, you might not even notice that it becomes more tarnished as time passes. Lotion, soaps, and dust are some of the few things that can make your jewelry lose its previous shine. But instead of taking them to the jewel, or buying a jar of jewelry cleaner, you can make your own easy and affordable cleaner. The best part is that you do not need to buy any extra supplies, you probably have all of them in your home!
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Scrub it with toothpaste
You will need a soft-bristle toothbrush and your toothpaste. That is all. Tiny bristles make it very easy to access even the smallest nooks and crannies. Mix toothpaste with water and then scrub it onto the jewelry. After you are done, rinse the jewelry in water and clean it with a cloth. Make sure that your jewelry is dry before putting it away. Yes, it is that simple!
Baking soda is a perfect ingredient
If you are not in the mood for scrubbing, let chemistry do the trick. Place your jewelry in a bowl and cover it with water. Add baking soda and mix. Let it sit for a few minutes. Remove your jewelry from the bowl and wipe it with a clean cloth. This method is best suited as a diamond ring cleaner, silver jewelry cleaner, or gold jewelry cleaner—do not use the technique on pearls or soft gemstones.
Soap and water clean everything
This solution is perfect for almost anything. It is efficient when it comes to removing stains and spots, and it is very lightweight, so it will not damage your jewelry. Mix a few drops of liquid soap or dish soap with water. Drop your jewelry in and mix it in water for a few minutes. Rinse it with water and rub it with a clean cloth. Dry the jewelry thoroughly before putting it away. Soap and water are excellent for mild stains and tarnish, but when it comes to build-ups and rust, you may want to find something better.
Boiling water can help!
Boiling water is the cheapest solution for cleaning hard metal jewelry. And it is super easy. All you have to do is boil water, put it in a heatproof bowl, and place your jewelry inside. Wait till the water is cold before taking it out. Wipe the grime away with a clean cloth. Heat makes the dirt loosen up and makes it really simple to wipe away.
Keep in mind that this method will not work with pearls, opals, and many other gemstones. Reserve the technique for silver, gold, platinum, and diamonds.
How to clean pearls?
Pearls are probably the trickiest to clean because they lose their shine quite quickly. The most important thing to remember is never to soak pearls because it causes the string to weaken and break. To clean the pearls properly, lay them on a clean cloth, take a small makeup brush with soft bristles and dip it into a mixture of water and shampoo; take your time to g over each pearl carefully. To finish, clean the pearls with a slightly damp cloth. This technique works well with turquoise and opals.
What about custom jewelry?
To clean custom made jewelry, it is not advised to soak them in water, because the stones are often glued, soaking may loosen the glue, and the stones will fall out. Instead, damp cloth in water and dish soap solution and wipe the grime off the jewelry. Then rinse it with another clean damp cloth and then dry it with another cloth. Do not leave your custom jewelry wet, because this too can loosen the glue.