Traditionally, it has been the womenfolk who accessorize to enhance their look. However, men haven’t been too far away when it came to wearing jewelry that compliments their outfits. Jewelry can be expensive, and maintaining their youthful look can come at a heavy price over time. You can let go of your worries as cleaning your jewelry and maintaining its new look can be easy. You just need few household ingredients and you are good to go.
Here are 6 Easy Ways You Can Clean Your Jewelry without having to go to the jeweler.
Baking Soda: It is a common household item. Baking soda comes in handy when it comes to getting rid of tarnishes, specifically tarnishes off silver. All you need to do is take 1/4th cup of baking soda and mix it with two tablespoons of warm water. Wet the silver item a bit in water, and then with the help of a wet cloth gently rub the solution prepared on your silver ornament. Then rinse off with water and pat dry the silver ornament. If you are planning on bringing back luster to your gold ornaments, make sure to add a drop or two of vinegar after coating it with the baking soda solution. Better not to use this method on ornaments containing pearls or gems as it may make them tarnished or the solution may cause them to fall out from the base. In addition, always be gentle while cleaning and avoid abrasiveness.
Ammonia: Ammonia sure does shine your floor. It is also capable of making your diamond look brand new every time you wear it. 1/4th of ammonia and a cup full of warm water will do wonders. Mix them in a jar and let your diamonds rest in the solution for 15 minutes. Scrub off the grimes with the help of a softly bristled brush and then rinse it off with water and pat dry with soft cloth. This solution can also be applied on gold and silver to make them appear bright. Note that you should avoid using it on pearls as it may damage their smooth surface.
Beer: Yes! You heard it right. Take a glass of beer, have a sip and use some to clean your ornaments. Pour a little amount on your gold ornaments (not containing gems), rub gently with a soft cloth, and dry it using a towel. This is sure to bring back the shine in your jewelry.
Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil has the capacity to scrape off that stubborn tarnish off your silver wears. Line a tray or bowl with aluminum. Then pour hot water in it and add bleach free powder detergent; mind not to use the liquid version. Then soak your silver wear for a minute and then rinse it off and air-dry it. Another method requires you to sprinkle baking soda over your ornaments, place it in the aluminum-covered bowl and pour hot water over it. After a minute, turn over your ornament so that the other side gets affected. Pull it out, rinse it off with warm water, and pat it dry.
Cleaning porous stones: Cleaning pearls and other stones like turquoise requires you to be delicate. To maintain its smooth glow, you can mix some amount of shampoo in warm water and take a soft brush (preferably make up brush), and gently clean the pearls with the solution. Then take a well-wrung damp cloth to rinse off the solution.
Toothpaste: Another common household item that not only brightens your teeth but has the potential to brighten your diamonds too is toothpaste. Mix toothpaste with warm water to form a smooth paste and use a soft-bristled brush to scrub off layers of filth with the help of the solution. And behold! The bright shining diamond greets you again.
These are some DIY ways you can clean your jewelry without having to go to the jeweler; save time and some precious bucks.