Is your bling starting to lose its, well, bling? Exposing your jewelry to dirt, sweat, air and moisture through continuous wear can dull your favorite pieces and rob them of their sparkle. Your jewelry should look as good as it makes you feel! With Krista Klein's DIY cleaning hacks, you can restore your favorite pieces without exposing them to harsh chemicals using simple ingredients you already have.
DIY Silver Cleaning Hacks
Baking Soda, Aluminum Foil and Water
Baking soda and aluminum foil are staples in any pantry and, when combined, is a great way to clean your favorite silver pieces. Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silver pieces in the mixture for 10 seconds (longer if it's very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs. The chemical reaction between the aluminum foil and baking soda gently lifts away any corrosion on the surface of your favorite silver pieces. When finished, rinse and wipe off with a clean cloth.
Dawn Dish Soap and other mild soaps are best for this method, however you can use whatever you have available. Simply mix up bit of dish soap with warm water and dip in a microfiber cloth. Then, rub the piece of silver jewelry with the soapy cloth. Rinse it with cold water, then dry with a soft, clean towel.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Combining these two powerful, yet gentle, pantry staples can make your jewelry shine like new. Simply place the silvery piece, or pieces, in a bowl of your choosing. Then, fill the bowl with white distilled vinegar and baking soda (4 tablespoons of baking soda for every cup of vinegar). Leave your jewelry in the mixture for 1 hour. Rinse with clean water and dry well with a soft, cotton cloth.
DIY Gold Cleaning Hacks
Beer and a Soft Cloth
Have a few beers left in the fridge left over from the weekend? Consider using one to clean your favorite gold accessories. Just pour a bit of beer on a soft cloth and rub the gold piece gently. Do not clean diamonds with beer, and avoid dark ale beer at all costs. Dry the with a clean cloth.
Dish soap can not only make your silver pieces look like new, but your gold ones too. Mix dish soap with warm water and let your gold pieces sit in the soapy mixture for 15-30 minutes in order to break up any dirt or hard-to-reach build up. Then, rub the piece of gold jewelry with a soft towel or Q-tip. Rinse it with warm water, then dry with a soft, clean towel.
Although quick, this hack only works on solid pieces such as gold chain bracelets and necklaces. Do not use this hack if there are gemstones, pearls or any other accents in your piece as the temperature of the water can cause them to crack or break.
Arrange jewelry in the dish or bowl so that no piece of jewelry is covering up another piece as the water should be able to reach every piece of jewelry. Boil enough water to submerge your piece or pieces. When you can comfortably put your hands in the water, you can remove the jewelry. Follow a good boiling by scrubbing each piece of jewelry with a soft brush, then dabbing it dry with a soft towel and allowing it to sit and air-dry completely.
DIY Gemstone Cleaning Hacks
Cleaning your favorite gems is just like cleaning gold or silver, just with a little extra care. Add a few drops of dish soap to a bowl of warm water. Then, using a soft toothbrush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect on your pieces. When you're done, just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Baking soda is an excellent option for cleaning gemstones. It can help lift away dirt that may be lingering from continuous use that you may not even see. Mixing three parts baking soda and one part water, clean your gemstones with the paste using a lint-free cloth, rinse and buff it to dry.
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