Jewelry and accessories are the pride and joy of any woman. Adding a touch of dazzle and beauty to your outfits, jewelry makes the outfit complete. With that said, it is also important for jewelry to be cleaned and properly taken care of.
Wondering how to maintain the beauty of your jewelry at home? Here are fourteen different ways to help you out with DIY organizing and cleaning.
1. Soak, Rub and Brush: Only for Gold Jewelry
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First things first, always remember that all different kinds of jewelry would have to be cleaned with solutions that are made specifically for those metals. Since that is established, gold jewelry without gemstones is the easiest piece to clean.
No need to worry, you won’t need your lab glasses just yet! To clean your gold jewelry this is what you need to do:
- Get a bowl of water.
- Soak your jewelry piece in it for about ten to fifteen minutes.
- Find a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Bring the jewelry piece out of the water and softly use the brush to get the dirt off the jewelry pieces.
- Then rinse and dry!
2. Vinegar: Works Wonders for All Stains
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Wondering what is the best way to clean any metal? It is vinegar! All you’d need is one quarter cup vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda, and some warm water. You’d need to mix all of it and make a paste. Use the paste on the jewelry pieces and then rinse them off.
3. Cornflour and Water: The Ideal Cleaning Solution
Cornflour and water make for the perfect mix to help you clean silver. For any type of silver jewelry that has lost its shine, you can use water and corn-starch to make a paste and use it to take off the dirt from your jewelry.
4. Toothpaste: The Perfect Home Remedy
If you have a dirty jewelry piece that needs immediate restoration, then you can turn to your toothpaste for help. Inexpensive and brilliant, you can lather toothpaste on the jewelry and then rub it off with a cotton towel or bad. You could even use a soft toothbrush to get the dirt off the jewelry pieces.
Remember that this cleaning tip only works for junk jewelry, which usually remains all tangled up in our dressing table drawer.
5. Hand Sanitizer: Easy Clean-off Solution for Silver
Silver earrings or jewelry tend to get dirty faster compared to other types of jewelry pieces. To get rid of the dirty look of your silver jewelry pieces, you can simply make use of hand sanitizer, something that we have plenty of these days, on the jewelry.
A small amount of sanitizer would help you get rid of the dirty. However, this should not be done if the jewelry has gemstones on it. Hand sanitizer could harm the gemstones.
6. The Dishwashing Soap Remedy: Shiny Diamonds
As cleaning gemstones is difficult, making use of a home-made recipe for cleaning solution may trouble many.
However, using some water with a bit of dishwashing soap, mild, would help you clean the gemstones and the diamonds. You would need to submerge the ring or the earring for only a few minutes. This can be done once or twice every week.
7. Mild Soap Solution for Gemstones
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It has to be remembered that gemstones and diamonds are very delicate. Hence, the solution to clean them is on the softer side. Furthermore, it has to be kept in mind that a mild soap solution can help any kind of gemstone jewelry.
To clean a gemstone ring or necklace, you would have to pour some dishwashing soap (mild) in a bowl with water. Soak your jewelry pieces for a while, and then make use of a soft toothbrush to scrub off the dirt and soap. Then rinse and dry, your jewelry would be as good as new. Be careful when you use the brush.
8. Leftover Alcohol? Use it to Clean Your Jewelry
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Alcoholic drinks such as vodka, beer, or tequila can be used to clean your jewelry. You can make use of this remedy at home when you have more than a few jewelry pieces to clean!
All you would have to do is dip a soft cloth in vodka, beer, or tequila and then thoroughly rub it on your jewelry piece to get the dust and dirt off.
You could even make use of any other soft cloth you have lying around.
9. Tamarind Paste to the Rescue
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Tamarind paste is acidic, which helps in cleaning off the dirt. Best suited for silver items or silver jewelry, you’d need a bowl with little water. Drop-in a lemon-sized portion of tamarin and let it stay for fifteen minutes before making it into a paste. Once you have the paste, you can use it to clean your jewelry pieces.
It is important to remember that you need to soak the tamarind for a while before you make a paste.
10. The Saucy Remedy: Ketchup for Cleaner Items
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Ketchup, the unlikely household contender for cleaning things, will help you get things bright and shiny in no time. All you need to do is get a soft cloth and add about two tablespoons of ketchup to it. Use the cloth to clean the items and then rinse the items; you’ll find that they are clean.
The process can be repeated if the results were not satisfactory at first.
11. Ammonia for Gold: The Warm Solution for Gold
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If you use ammonia, remember to keep the water warm, not hot. In a warm bowl of water, add a couple of drops of ammonia and make a solution. Use the solution to your jewelry pieces. Try using a brush to so. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water and let it air dry.
12. Lemon-Lime soda: Easy Solution for Dirty Silver
All you need is lemon-lime and a bowl. Leave your silver jewelry in lemon-lime soda for an hour, and they clean it with a paper towel to see results.
This solution works wonders for silver jewelry and items.
13. Fresh Lemon Juice: Another Easy Silver Cleaning Solution
All you’d need is a tablespoon of lemon juice in half a cup of water. Soak your jewelry pieces overnight, rinse them, and dry them for good results. You would need a soft towel to rinse and pat the jewelry pieces dry. Making use of hard-bristled or rough towels would leave micro-abrasions on the jewelry pieces.
14. Clean them Every time you wear them
Another, unpopular, easy way to clean your jewelry pieces is to clean your jewelry every time you take them off. Cleaning your jewelry pieces every time you wear them or take them off, helps in ensuring that no excessive dust or dirt is accumulated.
With that said, it really is better if you make a habit of cleaning your jewelry every time you take it off. Remember to make use of the solutions mentioned above as per the metals. A slight misunderstanding on the solution, the portions, and the type of metal could cause extensive damage to your jewelry piece.