If you like wearing jewelry at least on occasion if not every day, you probably know that it can become tarnished or that the shine of the gems in your rings can fade away. There are several techniques you can use to get it cleaned, and the neatest thing about most of those that we are going to highlight in this article is that you’ll only need a limited number of ingredients, most of which can be found in your pantry or bathroom.
Ammonia and vinegar
These two are probably already present somewhere in your house, so all you have to do is make the most of them. You can use ammonia for diamond jewelry or any crystalline one, for that matter. However, it should be noted that you should not utilize this method for cleaning pearls as their surface can get damaged. Use a mix of 1 cup of tepid water and ¼ cup of ammonia and soak your jewelry in the solution for ten to fifteen minutes. Use a toothbrush to get rid of all of the grime that might still exist on your jewelry and clean everything under the faucet and then wipe the pieces with a soft cloth.
White vinegar is excellent when it comes to cleaning your cooking surfaces, your tabletops, and anything else, and that’s because it is an amazing antibacterial solution. You can use undiluted vinegar for any type of gold or gemstone jewelry. Just drop the pieces into a cup of white vinegar and let them sit there for approximately fifteen minutes. Scrub with a soft-bristled brush, and wipe everything clean with a soft cloth.
For tarnished jewelry, you might have to try this particular trick. Line a tray with aluminum foil and then place your jewelry on top of it. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda and then pour boiling water over everything. All of the tarnish will be transferred to the foil, leaving your rings, bracelets, or anything else looking as clean as they did the first day you got them.
Soap and water can do the trick
For some types of jewelry, such as that which might be sensitive to baking soda, vinegar, or ammonia, it might be a good idea to try out some other techniques. We’re mostly referring to pearls and turquoise, which might be affected by these substances.
To clean your string of pearls, all you have to do is dip them into a solution of mild detergent and two cups of warm water. Wipe every pearl gently and leave the string to air dry. Turquoise is even easier to clean as you won’t even need to use the soap. Just dip the jewelry into warm water and use a soft-bristled brush to wipe any traces of dirt you might discover.
Use a device for everything
Given the many technological advances that were made in the past years, it would be a shame if we weren’t able to take advantage of every little gadget that can make our life easier. An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner can help you offer the shine you want to your jewelry and silverware with minimal effort.
This type of product has been used in dentists’ offices for several years now, and that’s because it is truly efficient and convenient. Some models are as cheap as forty dollars, so you won’t have to spend a fortune on getting one.
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