Cleaning jewelry is easy to do at home, as long as you know the right cleaners to use on each treasured piece. Read on for some handy tips and tricks for keeping your jewelry looking beautiful.
For your pure silver pieces, mix half a cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda and soak for up to three hours. If vinegar doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to turn to tomatoes. Due to its high acidity levels, tomato sauce (yes! tomato) can remove any stubborn grit that may be left behind. Simply apply the ketchup to a toothbrush and start scrubbing.
Warm water with a few drops of a gentle dish detergent is a surprisingly effective method for most gold jewelry pieces. Simply soak in warm, soapy water for about 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Another option is to use a light colored beer on a cloth, before applying it over your gold pieces to remove dirt and tarnishes.
Clean your gemstone jewelry in a bowl of water with a few drops of dish detergent. Using an old toothbrush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
To keep your diamonds gleaming, pour a glass of soda water and let soak overnight. Spray a soft-bristled toothbrush with Windex and gently brush diamond jewelry thoroughly. Be sure to avoid brushes with hard or stiff bristles, as these can scratch the diamond’s setting. Rinse in warm water and dry with a lint-free soft cloth.
The best way to preserve and clean your pearl jewelry is to wipe down with a damp, soft cloth after each wear. You can even use a drop of olive oil on the cloth to help maintain their luster. After washing your pearls, lay flat on a clean towel to dry.