Wearing a piece of jewelry on a regular basis – or not wearing it at all – can cause its sparkle to fade. Soaps, lotion, dust, and dirt can make your rings and bracelets look dull, tarnished, or discolored. When you notice your precious jewelry are starting to lose their sparkle, it’s time for a cleanup.
You should take your engagement rings and other pieces to a Salt Lake City jeweler for professional cleaning. For other pieces such as the necklace or pair of earrings you wear daily, you can clean them yourself. You can clean your jewelry yourself using items you have at home. You don’t even need to buy jewelry cleaner!
Follow these top cleaning methods to bring the sparkle back to your favorite bling.
Good old soap and water
The most effective way to bring the shine back to platinum and gold jewelry is by lightly scrubbing them with soap and water using a soft cloth. For hard-to-remove grime on gold, use a toothbrush with soft bristles. This method also works for opals, turquoise, and pearls, but skip the scrubbing. Put them in the solution, remove, then lay them out to dry.
Silver soda soak
For this method, you’ll need baking soda, hot water, and a bowl or tray lined with aluminum foil. Mix baking soda and hot water in the bowl or tray, then leave your silver jewelry in it for a few minutes. The water will get a bit murky, but the jewelry will lose its tarnish. Use a soft, lint-free piece of cloth to dab the silver pieces and wipe away excess tarnish. This works for silverware too!
Platinum and diamond cleanup
For more cleaning power, add some dish soap and salt into the baking soda mixture. Then use a soft brush or a soft toothbrush to get the grime out of the little crevices in your jewelry. Take note that this method is for harder metals and stones like platinum and diamonds.
Another method to clean hard stones and diamonds is by letting them soak in a mixture of (regular, unflavored) Alka Seltzer and water. Drop two tablets of the antacid into a bowl or glass of warm water, followed by your jewelry. Take the jewelry out when the fizzing stops, or after a couple of minutes. If your jewelry is extra grimy, leave it in the Seltzer solution a bit longer. Rinse then wipe clean with a soft cloth.
These methods for cleaning jewelry without using a commercial jewelry cleaner are easy and effective. You can keep your prized pieces clean and sparkly even with only household items.