They say “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, and in the materialistic world that we live in today, Jewellery is no less revered by us just as God himself. Therefore, what better way to show our love than by keeping our treasured trinkets clean and sparkling. So, we have compiled some simple DIY ways through which you can keep your jewels glittering and shiny by using materials from your home itself. It is best to know what cleaning method is suitable for which metal, stone type and clean accordingly.
Simple and Easy ways to clean different types of jewellery
Always remove gold jewellery before showering or cleaning because soap and chemicals can cause a film to form, making it appears dull and dingy. For untarnished jewellery, mix a few drops of mild dish detergent with warm water, and scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. If it’s tarnished, mix a few drops of ammonia into soapy water, submerge the jewellery and carefully brushwith a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse it with lukewarm water and allow it to dry.
Tarnished silver jewellery responds well to aluminium foil. Take a tray and line it with a clean piece of foil and then spread your jewellery out on the tray. Take some baking soda and sprinkle it onto each piece of jewellery so that each piece of mildly coated. Next, boil a few cups of water and then gently pour this onto the jewellery with the baking soda on them. The purpose of the foil is to collect the tarnish from the jewellery because it picks it up and off of the jewellery. Once you are done, use warm water to rinse well and then gently dry it.
Clean your Diamonds
The best way to clean a diamond is with warm soapy water and a soft-bristle brush or old toothbrush. Then, pat it dry with a soft cloth. Another way to clean diamonds is to take a fourth cup of ammonia and one full cup of warm water and mix them together in a bowl. Place your diamonds into the bowl and allow them to sit for about 15 minutes. After your jewellery soaks, take a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub the jewellery to remove any grime that remains. After you are done cleaning, just rinse the piece with plain water and use a soft cloth to dry it completely.
Clean your Pearls
When pearls are visibly dirty, wash them in 1 teaspoon of Woolite diluted in 1 quart of water. Immerse them for 10 to 15 seconds, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and lay flat to dry. Store them in a cotton bag—never plastic—separate from other jewellery. To ensure that they stay lustrous, think outside the jewellery box, wearing them regularly will keep them polished, thanks to your body’s natural oils.
Clean your Gemstones
Vinegar can clean just about anything, but it is especially great for gemstones and gold. Make sure to use white vinegar.Just pour white vinegar into a bowl and use enough to cover the jewellery you are cleaning.Allow it to soak for about 15 minutes and move it around after every few minutes to agitate it. Once it is done soaking, take a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub it to remove residue and stuck on grime. Rinse with plain water and then dry it completely.
Few more materials which can effectively clean your jewellery
Go for antacids that work as an effervescent solution because the fizzling and bubbling help to clean the jewellery. Take a glass of warm water and put two tablets into it and allow it to get fizzy. Place your jewellery into the glass and let it sit for a couple of minutes before removing your jewellery. Once done, simply rinse your jewellery and gently dry with a soft cloth.
Take a tablespoon of warm water and an inch of toothpaste and mix these together for a loose paste. This is mildly abrasive, so it works direct and grime off of the jewellery, and you can combine it with a soft-bristled toothbrush for extra scrubbing. While toothpaste is mildly abrasive, it will not scratch your jewellery. Rinse well once you are done.
Soap and Water
The safest way to clean jewellery is to clean it the old-fashioned way with soap and water. It is ideal for stones that are porous and soft, such as turquoise or pearls. Simply combine two cups of warm water and about three drops of a gentle laundry detergent or dish soap.Quickly dip the jewellery into the solution and then use a soft cloth to gently wipe and dry your jewellery. Before storing your jewellery, make sure to allow it to air dry for the day because you would want it completely dry first.
While commercial cleaners, including dip treatments, often work on most jewellery, experts suggest that the household products and cleaning hacks are equally effective. In addition, they save your money and time which you can save to buy yourself more jewellery. As they rightly say Self-help is the best help.