Updated: Sep 3
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Tips Compiled for you about Cleaning Jewelry
Things you need
· aluminum foil
· paper towels or a soft cloth
· 1 Tbsp baking soda
· 1 Tbsp salt
· 1 Tbsp dish soap
Cut a small piece of aluminum foil to fit bottom of a bowl. Place the foil inside the bowl and then pour 1 cup of hot water into the bowl.
Add the baking soda, salt, and dish soap, and stir.
Drop your jewelry into the bowl so that it sits on top of the foil, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Then, rinse the jewelry in cool water, dry it, and shine it with a paper towel or cloth.
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I have no desire to spend on the money on fancy jewelry cleaner – and with this recipe I don’t even need to! What do you need to clean your jewelry?
Yep, that’s it! Well, that and hot water. To clean your jewelry, make a paste using 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons hot water. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to apply and gently rub, then rinse, then buff dry.
Is your ring made of gold? Mine is white gold.
If your is gold as well, instead of using the baking soda paste, you’ll want to cover the jewelry with a light coating of baking soda then pour a bit of vinegar over it. These two together are a power duo, bubbling and foaming and cleaning where no toothbrush can go! (end)
Pearls are very delicate, so you have to be very careful with them. When your pearls are dirty, you will want to wash them with 1 teaspoon of Woolite laundry soap diluted in 1 quart of water. Immerse your pearls in solution for just 10 seconds, and then wipe them off with a soft cotton cloth, and then lay them out to dry.
Take warm water with a little bit of mild dish soap and use that with a soft-bristle brush to clean. Don’t ever submerge your stone in water as this can seep into the pores and cause discoloration. Just wipe it clean, and dry immediately.
This is a very soft metal, so you have to be careful as it scratches easily. Use a polishing cloth or a clean sponge that is very soft to remove residue and polish it.
There’s no hard and fast rule for how often they need to be cleaned, but a good rule of thumb is the more you wear a piece, the more it should be cared for.
Here’s a good, and easy, method. You likely have everything you need in your bathroom already:
Mix together one drop each of baby shampoo and water (regular jewelry cleaners, usually meant for the real deal, are too harsh to use on costume pieces). Use a soft toothbrush or Q-Tip to clean hard-to-reach spots. Rinse off quickly in cool water and dry with a clean, soft hand towel or microfiber cloth. Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to be sure each piece is totally dry. This will keep them from rusting. Use a warmer setting and the piece may warp, or the glue holding any gemstones in place could melt.
It’s important to remember not to use anything acidic like vinegar or baking soda. Because this type of jewelry is so fragile, using something harsh or with a lot of acid could ruin it rather than make it look like new again.
To get of verdigris (the fancy name for that green gunk that loves to invade costume jewelry) I suggest using a toothpick, Q-Tip or dry, soft toothbrush to remove it. These are good ways to get rid of that gross stuff without taking a chance on ruining the piece itself. If there’s still some left behind give the baby shampoo-water mixture a try.
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