Having jewelry doesn’t mean only wearing it when we feel like it. Jewelry, like many other things, is prone to damage and dirt, and therefore, it’s necessary to clean from time to time. There are many liquid soaps and detergents specifically made for cleaning jewelry, but did you know that you can also make your own cleaning supplies with the ingredients that you have at home? Here are some tips on how to clean each type of jewelry and the best ways to do it.
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For silver, use this mix
Silver, even though it’s gorgeous, also tends to get dirty over the longer period. That’s why it’s important to clean it gently so you won’t cause any damage. There are many recipes, but this homemade mix will definitely help you bring back shine you your favorite silver necklaces and other jewelry. You’ll need 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 cup of boiling water, half a cup of vinegar, one flat pan and an aluminum foil.
First, you’ll cover the pan with the aluminum foil, but make sure that the shiny side of the foil is placed up. Put your jewelry on the foil, and make sure that each part of each piece of jewelry is touching the foil. Mix everything into the pan and stir to break all the chunks of baking soda and then rearrange the jewelry. Then slowly add distilled vinegar. Leave everything in for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse it with water.
For gold, use this homemade cleaner
Luckily, gold doesn’t get dirty, but it still needs to get clean so it’ll look shiny and new. For thorough cleaning, you’ll need a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of salt, dish detergent and one tablespoon of baking soda. Take a small bowl and stuff the inside with a square of aluminum foil. Then add salt, dish detergent and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl. Add hot water to the mix, but don’t get worried when water starts to fizz. Put the jewelry in and let it sit there for 10 minutes. Then take an old soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub. After that rinse with cold water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
This mix can be used to clean all your favorite jewelry, so if you have a pair of your favorite chic rose gold earrings, feel free to clean them too! Just be careful with the amount of baking soda as it can be abrasive, so start with smaller quantities and see how it works. Plus, don’t use an old toothbrush as it tends to have toothpaste residue, instead get a new one that you’ll use specifically for cleaning jewelry.
For diamonds, use this one
Diamonds are indeed the girl’s best friends, so you should make sure that your friends are clean and safe. For cleaning diamonds, you’ll need one cup of ammonia and one cup of water. Put your jewelry into a small bowl and pour ammonia and water over it, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Then remove the jewelry and rinse with water.
Place everything on the towel and let it air dry. If your jewelry is too dirty, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently try to clean the dirt that has built up in the crevices. After finishing, put the jewelry back into the mix to remove the remnants of loose dirt. If you don’t like the toothbrush, you can also use cotton swabs.
To conclude, cleaning your fave pieces of jewelry doesn’t have to be difficult and expensive. Most of these ingredients you already have at home, so next time you have some time off, you can use some of these ideas to clean all your jewelry.
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