What do you do with your old silver jewellery?
If you don’t have time to bring them to a professional jewellery cleaning service, you probably just let them sit in your jewellery box. Or maybe you’ve been planning to purchase a commercial jewellery cleaner but just couldn’t get around to doing it for some reason.
Either way, you still have a box full of country jewellery you never get to wear.
The good news is, you’re about to put your days of unworn jewellery behind you. You just have to know how to clean jewellery with the items you already have at home.
How to Clean Jewellery at Home: 5 Easy Ways
If you ever get around to buying a commercial jewellery cleaner, you need to know that not all of them are safe to use. That’s why some bottles contain very specific instructions about not breathing in fumes or letting the solution sit on your skin. Jewellery cleaner poisoning can cause symptoms in many parts of the body including the airways and lungs, eyes, ears, nose, throat, skin, gastrointestinal system, and so on.
To make sure you don’t put yourself at risk while jewellery cleaning, it’s better to use household items such as:
1. White Vinegar
Vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner. It can clean windows, floors, clogged showerheads, and even hair. It’s also great for gold jewellery and gemstones.
If you have necklaces that are looking a bit grimy, simply run them under white vinegar. Follow with a cold water rinse to remove the vinegary smell, and you’re done!
2. Baking Soda Paste
Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Then, apply a little on a piece of jewellery that has a lot of grime. Use an old toothbrush to rub gently until the grime is removed.
When you’re done, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
3. Tin Foil, Baking Soda, and Water
This method works great for silver jewellery. You see, the tarnish on silver jewellery is from a chemical reaction, where silver mixes with sulfur compounds in the air.
By using a bowl lined with tin foil and letting your silver jewellery soak in a solution of baking soda and hot water, the tarnish will transfer to the water. This is a no-scrub method, which means you don’t have to worry about scratching your jewellery.
4. Good Ol’ Soap and Water
If all your country jewellery needs is a quick clean, then this household jewellery cleaner is a good option. It can clean gold, platinum, pearls, and even opals.
Just soak your jewellery in a bowl of hot water, add some detergent, and use a soft-bristle toothbrush to buff away the grime. Let them dry and store in a cotton bag.
Toothpaste isn’t the best choice for cleaning gold or silver jewellery. But it’s great for polishing crystalline gemstones and other non-gold/silver pieces.
It works like baking soda paste, so make sure to use gentle motions when cleaning your jewellery to avoid scratches.
Want More Home Remedies for Cleaning Jewellery?
Now that you know how to clean jewellery with household items, you can easily keep your country jewellery looking as good as the day you bought them. For more home remedies for cleaning jewellery plus other jewellery-related stuff, don’t forget to browse our blog.