How To Clean Jewellery / Jewelry At Home

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While your jewellery becoming dirty overtime is only expected, it does not mean you have to keep wearing it as it is or buy brand new pieces of jewellery. You can easily make your old jewellery sparkle again by using a jewelry steam cleaner or using the easily available ingredients in your kitchen.

As a matter of fact, there are many useful DIY tips that you can use for jewellery cleaning in order to get that shine back. Without further ado, here are a few ways to clean and polish your favourite jewellery pieces using everyday items available at home. 

Please note, especially valuable and antique items should be cleaned by a specialist jeweller and opals, pearls and other porous stones should not be cleaned at home with a steam cleaner. If any of the stones are loose do not attempt to clean your jewellery at home.

Soap & water mixture

The blend of soap and water is one of the simplest and successful approaches to clean gold, platinum, pearl and opal jewels. You can use a delicate toothbrush with soft bristle fibres or soft fabric to scrub off any intense stains on the gold. However, it is best not to scrub when dealing with jewellery containing pearls and opals. Rather, simply expel them from the fluid mixture and lay them to dry. Once dry, you can then keep them in a cotton sack. Keeping your jewellery in a cotton sack will help prolong its sparkle for months to come. 

Use baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most powerful agents to clean silver jewellery. To remove the developed stains from your silver and gold jewellery, all you have to do is mix 1/4th cup of baking soda with 2 tbsp. water. Then, mix these two ingredients well to make a thick gooey paste and apply it over your jewellery using a soft fabric or a cotton wipe. Let the paste rest for a bit and then tenderly rub, wash, and buff dry.

To clean gold ornaments, place your jewellery in a clean bowl, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda, followed by a touch of vinegar over it, and wash clean. Again, it is best not to use this trick with jewellery and ornaments containing pearls or gemstones as it could result in paste depositing over them, making them look even duller than before. 

Chemistry of baking soda and aluminium foil

For silver, take a bowl and cover it with a layer of aluminium foil. Add a tablespoon of baking powder along with 2 tablespoons of water to form a mixture. Dipping your silver jewellery and/or ornaments in this mixture will do an incredible job to dispose of the stains.

You do not need to scrub the jewellery when using this method; simply let your jewellery soak in the mixture for a few minutes to see the magic. Then use a soft fabric or cotton wipe to clean the paste off the jewellery and then wash with clean water.

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Try toothpaste

Do you know how toothpaste removes stains from your teeth? It can likewise remove stains and dirt build-up from your silver jewellery. Simply apply a touch of any white toothpaste (gel-based toothpaste does not do the trick) to your tarnished jewellery and rub the paste gently using a cotton wipe or your finger. Once you have covered the entire surface, wash it well with warm water and buff to sparkle with a delicate material like cotton wipes. 

Clean it with beer

If you thought beer is only good to get your weekend party happening, you ought to try it to sparkle up your old jewellery as well. Beer is especially a decent alternative for cleaning gold jewellery. However, it probably won't work excessively well on your silver adornments. All you need to do is dip your jewellery in your beer glass and let it sit for a while. 

Use ketchup

Just like beer, ketchup is another common kitchen ingredient that you can use to clean your jewellery. It can be used to clean silver jewellery as well as copper and brass. To clean your jewellery with ketchup, simply dab and rub ketchup on your ornaments’ surface, let it sit for a while, clean with water and watch it shine. 

Get your own jewellery steam cleaner

Contrary to popular belief, it is very economical to buy your own jewellery steam cleaner to use at home. Steam cleaners utilize high weight steam to evacuate dirt, grime, oil, soil and other dust particles from your jewellery’s smallest corners and remove tarnishes. The best thing about steam cleaning is that it takes only water and less than 10 seconds to precisely clean your jewellery. You do not need to buy anything else or use any other ingredient. Just keep in mind to not use very high pressure as that can damage your jewellery.

Important things to keep in mind

While cleaning your jewellery makes it look almost brand new,  it is advisable to not clean your jewellery every day. Using a jewellery steam cleaner every day can damage the gems and stones due to repeated pressure and cause unnecessary wear and tear.

You can also take some precautionary methods to prolong the life of your jewellery. For instance, remove your jewellery when taking a bath, cleaning the house or applying beauty products. And secondly, don’t let your jewellery (especially silver) sit in the jewellery box for long; wearing it regularly actually slows down the process of tarnishing.


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