How To Clean Jewellery at Home
Women are very fond of buying new pieces of jewelry, especially of the latest designs and trends. I doubt there is a single woman on earth who’s not fond of absolutely any type of jewelry. But how many women are fond of cleaning them? I bet none. Reasons might be ranging from being lazy to just not knowing how to clean one’s jewelry. In case the reason is the latter one then you have come to the right place.
Different types of jewelry needs to be cleaned in different manner because of its chemical compositions as every piece will react differently with other chemicals/cleaning materials.
How to Clean Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver is around 92-95% silver with the remaining 5-8 % being copper. Thus, sterling silver will not rust compared to other silver plated items. There are various methods to clean tarnished piece of silver jewelry. The most effective method is using baking soda. Put your tarnished piece in an aluminum tray. Cover it completely with baking soda & then pour hot boiling water on it. Make sure the silver piece comes in contact with the aluminum as the chemical reaction between all these 4 items together – silver, aluminum, baking soda & water makes the tarnished piece to become shiny again. You can also use a silver cleaning paste from time to time which you can get hold of form any jewelry store. Gently brush with a toothbrush to reach the hard to get areas.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry
I learned this technique from my loving mother. Basically what you need to do is boil water with turmeric powder & surf washing powder (you could probably try other laundry detergents). Then turn off the stove & soak your gold jewelry in the hot water. Remove it after 15-20 min & then use a brush on the surface with a toothbrush. Next, rinse the gold item with normal temperature water & wipe it with a cleaning cloth. Your gold jewelry will look as shiny as a new piece :-)
How to clean Rhinestone jewelry
Use a Q-tip dipped in alcohol, and then wipe it on a paper towel as you need to remove its moisture. Wipe it over your rhinestones & even the metal holding. For hard to reach places you could use a toothpick with a little cotton on the top. Dip and wipe the alcohol the same way you did with the Q-tip and then gently clean your rhinestones. You can also a mixture of liquid hand wash along with water and brush the mixture with a toothbrush over the rhinestones. Also a mixture of glass cleaner & water works in retaining the shine of rhinestones.
How to Clean Diamond Jewelry
We ladies have at least that one special piece of diamond jewelry. Don’t worry you will get it soon if you don’t already own one ;-) Imagine if that piece itself starts looking dirty & loses its magic touch. To maintain its natural beauty, put some cleaner in a container along with hot water. Then put your diamond piece in the container. Next, brush it with a toothbrush & then wash it. Make sure you wipe your diamond on a towel without cotton wool.
How to clean Imitation/silver/gold plated jewelry
Just rub a drop or two of toothpaste on the palm of your hands & then rub your piece of jewelry between your hands. Rinse with water. You can also rub it directly on your jewelry piece. & then rinse it.
Hopefully the above tips will make your cleaning & polishing job easier & you wouldn’t have to let go of your favorite pieces of jewelry just because they have tarnished!! Oh & don’t forget to use a different toothbrush & not your personal one :-P
Please Note: These are homemade techniques to keep your jewelry clean & sparkling however if done in the wrong way it probably could damage your jewelry piece. The best way is obviously to get it done professionally whenever required. So do not completely rely on the above methods. It’s fine to use them once in a while.