Every now and then you may want to get fancy and throw on a little bling, but infrequently worn jewelry may be stored out of sight, collecting dust or rust. If you don’t want to spend money at a fancy cleaner’s, try these methods to spruce up your jewelry before decking out your latest outfit. In most cases a toothbrush, a shallow bowl, and one easy household item is all that is needed!
Method One: Reader’s Digest, among other sources, recommends alka-seltzer. Just fill up a small bowl or cup, plop a seltzer tablet in and add your jewels. Within a few minutes they will sparkle. I have tested this one myself and it worked on a necklace with a chain that only needed light cleaning.
Method Two: This is the method one of my grandmothers showed me. Credibility? She’s thrifty as all get out and it’s never failed me yet! Dilute dish soap in a cup and use a brush (toothbrush, or a cloth works too) to rub the solution over the jewelry. Liquid soap is best for this. Do not try to use something meant for the dishwasher. If the jewelry is really dirty, maybe dunk it in the solution and then scrub.
Method Three: Popsugar provides instructions on how to carry out the next well-known jewelry cleaning hack. Pour some baking soda into a bowl. Add warm water, just a bit, to make a paste. Use your fingers (or a toothbrush for hard-to-reach spots) to rub the mixture in. Once done, rinse it in water and dry. I prefer to air dry; Popsugar recommends using a lint-free cloth. I did this over the summer when I found a sterling silver charm bracelet that had been missing. Repeat the process if you need a deeper clean.
Method Four: Break out the vinegar. Fill a cup or bowl with vinegar and let your rings soak in it for fifteen minutes. Again, a brush can be used for extra help. Usually, though, it will probably be good on its own after a good soak.
Method Five: This method is the most complicated one on this list and it is not even complicated! Master of recipes, Food.com, calls for aluminum foil, salt, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Warm up some water in the microwave first. Then, line the bottom of a bowl with the foil. Pour in a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of salt, baking soda and dish soap. Add jewelry for up to ten minutes. Rinse, dry and marvel with pride at your shiny fashion piece.
What do you think? Simple, is it not? Try these out and share with friends! You’ll never over pay for a fancy store-bought solution or fee at the jewelry store again.