5 Easy Solutions To Clean Jewelry At Home
Jewelry is often meaningful and precious, and sometimes even has a unique, priceless value for people. That's why it has to be taken care of, with love and a bit of cleaning!
Also, it can be made of different materials, and you wonder how to clean jewelry at home?
We got you covered and prepared a little tricks list just for you, to do with simple and easy ingredients.
Note : every gemstone is different and reacts differently to products, so make sure you're using the right product(s) for your gemstone jewelry!
Why do sterling silver tarnish?
Have you ever noticed that sterling silver is stamped « 925 » ? This means it's made of 92,5% silver and 7.5% other metals.
Well, it's these 7,5% of other metals, usually copper, that will bring your silver jewelry to tarnish.
It does when the jewelry is exposed to air, humidity, pollution, sweat, as well as cosmetics like perfume, body lotion, and other chemicals.
We listed a few ways to prevent tarnish on silver jewelry, but sometimes it just happens, and the jewelry then become black-ish.
No worries though, it doesn't mean it's bad quality or that you can't wear it anymore!
Here are a few tips to clean silver jewelry at home:
- Silver cleaning cloth
It sounds pretty obvious, but not everyone has a silver cleaning cloth at home. If you do, it is the easiest way to make your jewelry shine and look brand new again. Just rub it gently on the cloth, especially on the tarnished areas, until it's all shiny again!
If you don't have a silver cleaning cloth, you can usually get one from your local store or online for pretty cheap.
- Aluminium foil, baking soda and dishwashing liquid
Take a bowl, put some aluminium foil in the bottom, then place your jewelry on it. Sprinkle some baking soda on your jewelry piece(s) in the bowl, before pouring some dishwashing liquid (a table spoon should be enough) and a couple cups of boiling water on it. Stir gently then wait around 30 minutes. You can then help the process by gently rubbing a very soft toothbrush on your jewelry where necessary.
If necessary, turn your jewelry over and repeat to clean the other side.
Once done, rinse the jewelry with warm water and let it dry.
Note : avoid this technique if your jewelry has gemstones that could react to vinegar. Avoid as well if it has pearls/stones glued to it, as the boiling water could make it melt. Instead, use tempered/warm water and baking soda only. (2 tablespoons).
Isn't it a classic? Pour some soda in a glass, drop your jewelry in it and let it sit for the night. This technique applies to sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds too.
- Dishwashing liquid
Just pour some mild dishwashing liquid into a bowl with water, place your jewelry inside and wait a couple minutes.
Then rub it gently with a soft toothbrush or a cloth, before rinsing it with clear water and drying it with a clean cloth.
- White vinegar
We know white vinegar for its abilities to clean pretty much anything ; well, it also works for gold!
In order to do so, pour some in a small bowl where you'll then place your jewelry. Wait around 15 minutes, stirring it a couple times, then rub a toothbrush on it to help it removing the tarnish residue.
Once done, rinse your jewelry with clear water and let it dry.
Note : avoid this technique if your jewelry has gemstones that could react to vinegar.
Here you go, ready to bring back to life your favorite babies! Email us if you have any question x