It doesn’t matter whether you’ve made your jewellery pieces yourself or bought them at a store – you don’t need to spend lots of money for pricey jewellery cleaning products. In fact, some of the most efficient solutions are available to you right at home. Using simple household ingredients, you can return the shine to your diamond ring and refresh your golden necklace to look new once more. Here are some tips to hep you create inexpensive DIY cleaning solutions for your jewellery.
It’s enough to simply drop your dull-looking jewellery in a glass of water fizzing with Alka-Seltzer. Leave your pieces there for a couple of minutes and you’re bound to see them sparkle once more.
Since diamonds are quite costly, it makes sense to take good care of them. Dissolve a denture tablet in a cup of water. Let your diamonds sit in it for a couple of minutes. Remove them and rinse carefully – you’ll see them shine like they never did before. If that’s not enough, here’s an excellent recipe for a DIY diamond cleaner.
Another great technique for giving your diamonds that spark back. Put some toothpaste on an old toothbrush and brush your diamond with it. Remove the residue with a wet cloth and enjoy the sparkle.
Line a bowl with aluminium foil and fill it with hot water. Then add a tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent. Just make sure it’s not liquid. Let your pieces soak in this solution for a minute. Rinse them and air-dry. This method works great for silver, but if you need some more pointers, here’s a great resource.
If you’d like to brighten up your silver and gold pieces, soak them for at least 10 minutes in the following solution: 1/2 cup of clear ammonia + 1 cup of warm water. Wipe your pieces clean with a soft cloth and let them dry. Never use this solution for pearls – they’re very delicate and might get damaged.
The wonder available at every household, baking soda is an answer to everything – including dull jewellery. To clean your silver pieces, just mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with about 2 tablespoons of water. Apply this solution with a damp sponge and gently rub into your pieces. Rinse them and buff dry. You can use a light coating of baking soda together with vinegar to polish gold jewellery.
That’s right, beer can help you get the shine back in your solid gold necklaces, rings and bracelets. Just pour a bit of it into a soft cloth and rub gently over your pieces. Then use a dry cloth to remove it from your jewellery – after all, you don’t want them to smell like beer. Don’t use dark ales and never clear gemstones with beer.
This solution is just perfect for all your gemstones. If you’ve got some monroe yorke diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies which have lost their sparkles, place them in a glass full of club soda and let them soak in it overnight. You’ll be amazed at how clean and sparkly they’ll become in the morning.
Instead of using it exclusively in your sandwiches and dips, use ketchup to add a new shine to tarnished silver. This works just great for rings, bracelets and necklaces with a smooth surface. Dip your piece in a small bowl full of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into all the crevices. But don’t leave it for too long – otherwise your risk damaging the piece. Rinse it clean, dry it with a cloth and enjoy the sparkle.
With these simple DIY recipes your jewellery will shine bright and make for an amazing finish to your outfits.