I have to admit, I’m not very consistent with cleaning my jewelry anymore. I really only wear my wedding and engagement rings along with a diamond necklace all the time so I barely take them off to clean them. I remember in those carefree days as a newlywed before all these kids took over the house and all my time, I’d dunk my newly acquired wedding rings in a jewelry cleaning solution every morning as I got ready for work-and then spend the day admiring my sparkling clean rings (I do like some bling!) Nowadays I’m lucky to clean my face let alone my jewelry and when I do think of it more than likely I have no dedicated jewelry cleaner in the house, so I recently tested a few of the internet’s millions of Homemade Jewelry Cleaners to share with you the best of the best.
*I’ve done a lot of research and tested these methods myself-however use at your own risk. Do not use any of these methods on pearls, opals, turquoise or other opaque stones or jewelry held together by glue.*
I think this is my favorite DIY jewelry cleaner because it’s so easy, simply drop the alka-seltzer tablets in about a cup of water, let sit for 5 minutes, rinse and shine!
The old chemsitry geek in my loves a good chemical reaction so this is a favorite for tarnished silver jewelry (or silverware.) Simple line a a dish or bowl with a 4″ square of tin foil, then fill it to one inch with very hot water. Add one tablespoon of salt OR you can use baking soda (NOT BOTH-choose one) and stir to dissolve. Submerge silver in the solution for up to five minutes, rinse and buff dry. May be repeated if silver is very tarnished.
I know, right? Who’d have thought? To clean and polish solid gold jewelry simply dunk a clean cloth in a bit of light bear (lager or pilsner) and polish. Use a clean cloth to wipe dry.
Diamonds and silver jewelry can be polished by using an old toothbrush to gently buff with a gentle toothpaste. Rinse and buff dry for incredible shine!
So what do you do for those pearls and other precious stones that can’t be cleaned like this-simply buff with a lint free cloth and call it a day. Those stones are too delicate to be submerged in cleaners. If you can, try to gently wipe after each wearing before you put them away.
How often do you clean your jewelry? Any other DIY methods I should try and test out?
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