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Clean your gold and silver jewelry with these simple DIY hacks
This is a Guess Post written by Evermee Jewelry Staff
We all love wearing new pieces of gold and silver jewelry. But, after months of use, those stunning pieces can lose their shine. After some wear and tear, it becomes essential to clean those jewelry pieces to restore the vanished shine.
Seeking a professional’s help to clean your jewelry can cost you money. But, what if you can clean your jewelry all by yourself at home?
You don’t always need a professional or any expensive cleaners to restore your jewelry to its original charm.
This post shows you how to clean your gold and silver jewelry at home without aluminum foil or commercial jewelry cleaner, using simple DIY hacks.
Clean Your Jewelry With A Toothbrush
Out of all the cleaning brushes and clothes available in the market, a toothbrush is a great tool to clean dirty pieces of jewelry.
Toothbrushes have tiny bristles that can clean even the most impenetrable jewelry pieces by accessing tough to reach nooks.
But, not every kind of toothbrush is suitable for cleaning jewelry. Only the ones with soft and clean bristles are a good option.
For tough stains, you can dilute the toothbrush in water before scrubbing the spot.
For light stains, gently clean the spot with water. At last, rinse the jewelry with water and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth, then let it dry in the air.
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Cleaning Jewelry With Baking Soda
If cleaning your jewelry using a toothbrush is a big task for you, then simple chemistry will help you. Baking soda (or effervescent heartburn tablets) when mixed with clean water causes a chemical reaction.
This reaction generates sparkles and bubbles that attack the dirt piled up on your jewelry.
To clean your jewelry using the Baking Soda hack, just follow these steps.
First, place your jewelry in a bowl full of water.
Then, add baking soda
Let the jewelry sit for a few minutes
Remove the piece of jewelry from the bowl
Lastly, wipe your jewelry with a cleaning cloth and let it dry before putting it away. This method is suitable for silver or gold jewelry. Don’t use this technique on natural gemstones or pearls.
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Using Water and Soap To Clean Your Jewelry
Water and soap have always been a popular cleaning combination.
A simple soap solution is effective for stains, spots, and normal grime.
The best part is, this solution will not cause any damage to your delicate jewelry.
To clean your pieces of stunning jewelry, prepare a soap solution by mixing liquid soap with water.
Then keep your jewelry in the solution for a few seconds.
Remove the jewelry and wipe it down using a clean and dry cloth.
Let the jewelry dry in the air to get rid of any excessive moisture.
This method is best suited for mild tarnish and stains.
However, if you own a sterling silver locket, then check out the ways of cleaning your sterling silver locket.
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Use Boiling Water
Hot boiling water is an inexpensive and easy way to clean the toughest stains on your precious jewelry.
This method is only suitable for cleaning pieces of jewelry made up of hard metals, not your delicate jewelry.
To proceed, simply keep your jewelry in a leakproof and heat proof container.
Then pour boiling water until the jewelry is fully dipped into the water.
Let the jewelry sit for a few minutes and wait for the water to cool down.
Then, take the jewelry out of the water and wipe it using a clean microfiber cloth.
Remember, this method is only apt for metals like gold, silver and platinum. Don’t use this method for cleaning opals, pearls, or any other natural gemstones.
Cleaning Jewelry With Antibacterial Cleaner
You don’t always need an expensive commercial cleaner to tidy up your pieces of jewelry.
Till now, we have already discussed DIY tips that are the easiest to follow at home.
For more curious DIY people, this tip can be a savior.
To clean your jewelry using a multipurpose antibacterial cleaner, simply open the lid and pour a few drops in a clean bowl.
Next, put your jewelry inside the bowl and leave it for roughly 5 to 10 minutes.
In a few minutes, you’ll notice that dirt particles will begin to fall off and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
Once the time is over, remove the jewelry from the bowl and clean it gently using a toothbrush (with soft and clean bristles).
Rinse the jewelry with clean and cool water. Then wipe it using a microfiber cloth and let the jewelry dry in the air.
You can clean most jewelry pieces at home with these simple hacks. But, remember these tips are not suitable for every piece of jewelry.
For instance, soft gemstones can’t survive harsh cleaning methods that are apt for platinum, silver or gold.
So, make sure you know your jewelry’s materials before trying any of the cleaning hacks above. If you’re really not sure or comfortable using these home made methods, consider having your jewelry cleaned by a professional.