It’s impossible not to fall in love with jewelry that instantly adds glamour to your outfit. The sparkle could make you shine from the crowd as it accentuates your beauty. Either wearing it too often or merely staring inside the jewelry box, it won’t take too long until the shine eventually fades. Getting it professionally cleaned may cost you a lot. Luckily, there’s simple alternatives that could help you maintain its luster without spending a big amount!

 

Jewelry forms a tarnish, which could result in an unwanted dark coating. It’ll make either silver or gold pieces looking dull and have stains. Cleaning methods for your jewelry will vary depending on their type because certain cleaners can cause damage.

Here’s some DIY methods that you could do at home:

 

Gold

 

Ways to Clean Gold Jewelry

 

Dish Soap - In a bowl, mix two parts of dish soap with ten parts of warm water. Let it soak for a few hours, brush gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush or wipe with a clean cloth. Rinse in hot water and repeat the same process as needed. Expert cleaners swear that this alternative could give you similar results with what chemical cleaners do.

 

Cotton and Toothpaste - Grab a bowl and fill it with warm water. Take a small piece of cotton with a pea-sized toothpaste. Soak your jewelry for about two minutes and gently wipe them with cotton. Rinse it thoroughly. Remember not to be harsh on gold and be careful about what you use for cleaning. They’re prone to scratches so you should be gentle in eliminating dirt.

 

Common Problems with gold and how to address them:

 

  • Light scratches: cleaning and polishing will minimize the appearance of scratches. But if it shows a deep sign of a scratch, seek help from professionals.
  • Knotted Chain: Undo the clasp and wipe them with olive oil as they lay flat on the surface. Using pins, slowly untangle the knot and clean them afterward.
  • Broken Chain: For this incident, take it to a professional and let them bring the pieces back together.

 

Silver

 

How to Clean Silver Jewelry:

 

Aluminum Foil - There’s two ways to clean silver using foil:

 

  • Powdered Laundry Detergent - Grab a bowl and line it up with aluminum foil. Next, fill it with hot water and add a tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent. Place jewelry inside the container and let it sit for a minute. Rinse and dry.
  • Baking Soda – Mix baking soda and hot water. Line your bowl with aluminum foil and pour the mixture inside. Soak your jewelry and voila! It could easily remove tarnish.
  • Toothpaste - With the use of a dishwashing sponge, take a small amount of toothpaste and rub it on your jewelry. Rinse afterwards.
  • Salt and Lemon - Prepare a bowl with hot water. Squeeze lemon into it and add three tablespoons of salt. Place your jewelry inside the bowl, and let it soak for 5 minutes. Remove and wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Cola - Grab some cola and soak the jewelry for about 10 minutes. It helps in removing minor tarnish.
  • Beer - Pour about a cup of beer into a bowl and soak your silver jewelry for no longer than 10 minutes. Remove them afterwards and clean with a soft cloth. This could make your jewelry one shade lighter.

 

Gemstones

 

It includes pearls, corals, amber, etc. Here’s ways on how to protect them:

 

  • Wipe them with a clean, moist cloth.
  • Be careful not to expose them with hairspray, cosmetics, and perfume. It could damage them in the long run.
  • Be careful not to expose chemicals and even soap into it as it can cause stone discoloration.

 

How to Prevent Jewelry Tarnishing

 

No matter which type of jewelry you have from this source, you could prevent the build-up of tarnish through the following tips:

 

  • Place chalk inside the drawer or where your jewelry is stored. It helps by absorbing moisture.
  • Take them off when you’re going to swim in chlorinated pools.
  • Make it a habit to regularly check your jewelry and clean them.
  • Store it in a cool, dry place. Slip them inside an anti-tarnish paper in a zippered bag to delay tarnishing effects. This will also avoid stains.
  • Don’t use them during showers and in bathtubs. Moisture and humidity could create a negative impact on your jewelry.
  • Take your jewelry to a professional and ask for recommendations in case you think you can no longer do the cleaning by yourself or you need help for repairs.

 

Extra care is needed to protect your jewelry from harmful factors. Just like how we take care of other belongings, we should consider cleaning them once in a while. This is so you can enjoy wearing them for a longer period of time.

Published by Elena Tahora