Fine jewelry is not cheap. If you’re anything like us, you want your jewelry to hold the same sparkle and shine that it did the day you left the jeweler. There is a budget-friendly light at the end of the jewelry-cleaning tunnel! Although we do recommend a regular deep clean at your favorite jewelry store (wink wink nudge nudge) for those few intricate pieces, there is no need to spend loads and loads of cash on keeping your jewelry clean. Below are three easy ways to clean your jewelry, all of which include ingredients that you may already have at home and a little elbow grease.
Yes, vinegar can clean pretty much anything. We especially love it when cleaning gemstones and gold. White vinegar is the key, other kinds will just leave your jewelry smelly. There’s no real trick to this method. Pour enough white vinegar to completely submerge your jewelry piece into a bowl. Let your jewelry soak for at least 15 minutes, giving it a nudge every couple of minutes. Once the soaking is complete, gently scrub your piece with an old, soft toothbrush to remove any leftover residue. Complete your clean with a tap water rinse and towel dry.
Toothpaste is now dual-purposed. After you brush your pearly whites, perhaps give your necklaces and rings a scrub down too! Toothpaste is a surprisingly very effective jewelry cleaner. Take roughly a teaspoon of toothpaste and a tablespoon of warm to make a watery paste. The mild abrasiveness of the paste assures that your jewelry will remain scratch-free while at the same time works directly towards removing grime. Either massage the paste through and around your jewelry with your fingers or lightly scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with water once you are done and pat dry.
Soap and Water:
Duh. Like the old-fashioned combination works on everything else to remove dirt and grime, so will it on your jewelry. This cleaning method works best on stones that are porous and soft, such as turquoise or pearls. Mix water and soap (dish soap or launder detergent will work just fine) in a small bowl. Dip both your piece of jewelry and a soft cloth into the solution and gently wipe. There is really no wrong way to do it. Before storing your jewelry for the night, be sure that your pieces are complete dry. This will help maintain its maximum sparkle.
Here at Heart 2 Heart we’re committed to keeping our customers happy. Like we mentioned before, jewelry should still be deep cleaned on a regular basis. For any and all of your jewelry (cleaning and non-cleaning) needs visit our website or give us a call. We’d love to help you!
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