June 5, 2015

5 Jewellery Cleaners You Already Have At Home

Your gorgeous necklace looks a bit filmy? Your engagement ring is tarnished by the everyday wear? Or maybe you need to freshen up the classy pearls you haven’t worn in a while? Forget about the fancy jewellery cleaners. You can bring back the gleam of your gold and the sparkle of your silverware with the everyday products you can find in every household. Let’s take a peek in your kitchen cupboard and find that grime – busters and super cleaners. 

 Dish Soap
Dish soap is great for mildly tarnished jewellery or to prepare them before the deep cleaning. The best way to remove the dirt of diamonds is by cleaning them with warm soapy water and brushing them with a soft – bristle brush. Mix a few drops of mild dish in a little bit of water and then scrub the build up. Then rinse the jewellery piece and buff it in a cloth until it’s dry. You can use this method for any type of less stained jewellery. Avoid soaking silver, because you will speed up rather then get rid of the tarnish.

Baking Soda
Baking soda is a popular green cleaning product that has many applications. It makes great jewellery cleaner as well. Baking soda can bring back the shine of your silver and take care of the heavily tarnished pieces. Make a thick paste by combining ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply it over the stained are with a damp sponge and then gently scrub, rinse and dry. For polishing gold pieces, lightly cover the jewels with baking soda and pour a little bit of vinegar. This method is not appropriate for jewels with pearls or gem – stones. Keep in mind, baking soda has an abrasive structure, which means that there is a risk of damaging your jewellery.

Beer/ Ketchup/ Club Soda
Although, the experts don’t particularly endorse the idea of using grocery store products as substitutes of conventional cleaners, these items can actually work in case of emergency. Clean up the solid gold jewellery (except the ones with gemstones) by rubbing them with a cloth soaked with beer. Then get a clean cloth or towel to dry the pieces.

Club soda will give a bright sheen to your rubies, diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. You simply need to put them in a glass with club soda and let them sit overnight. Ketchup can do miracles to your copper and dulled silver jewellery. Place your ring, bracelet, necklace or earrings in a bowl of ketchup for a couple of minutes. Don’t leave it longer than necessary or you may damage the silver.

Alka – Seltzer
Restore the sparkle of your dull – looking jewellery by dropping them in glass with bubbly Alka – Seltzer for a couple of minutes. The moment you take it out, it will look brand new.

Aluminium Foil
Line a small bowl with aluminium foil; add hot water and tablespoon of bleach – free laundry detergent. Put the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for a minute. Then rinse and air – dry. The technique incorporates a chemical reaction known as ion exchange, which helps effectively remove the build –up.
(Contributed by Eva)

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