Every woman loves her jewelry with a frightful passion, because our accessories mean the world to us and we never get enough of it. Whether it’s silver or gold jewelry, with pearls, diamonds or just amber and garnet stones, all jewelry are beautiful and delicate, which is why they need periodical cleaning and maintenance. Since we can’t go to a professional jeweler to have them cleaned and polished every time, it’s a good idea to learn some tricks of DIY jewelry cleaning that will keep it shiny and polished for a very long time.
There are many recipes and solutions that you can prepare at home for DYI jewelry cleaning, but you need to know which fits which. One of the simplest and most common recipes for jewelry cleaning is a solution made from water with baking soda, detergent or Alka-Seltzer. This solution generally works for both gold and silver, but if your jewelry is just too delicate, don’t take the risk of throwing it in on the first try. Put some aluminum foil on the bottom of the bowl, and then fill it with some warm water. Add two tablespoons of baking soda, some salt and a tablespoon of detergent.
Everything should start fizzing now, so throw the jewelry in, swishing a little to spread it evenly. Ten or fifteen minutes later you can remove it, rinse it well and dry it; you should be thrilled with the results and be surprised to see new pieces of jewelry. This isn’t the only DYI jewelry cleaning method, as there is also a similar one that replaces the above ingredients with Alka-Seltzer. Some advise only the use of mild liquid soaps or detergents, and good rinsing.
If your jewelry has spots that are harder to reach, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently, careful not to scratch the polish. Pencil erasers can also be used in DYI jewelry cleaning projects, for dark spots and stains. There is also a homemade treatment where you have to keep the jewelry in warm vodka for a couple of minutes, but we don’t exactly recommend it because you never know what other ingredients from the drink may affect the jewelry, ruining its shine. Extreme cases of staining can be cleaned with store-bought solution, but they contain many chemicals, so you should only use them as a last resort, and with a lot of care.