The last time I had my rings cleaned was at a ‘Girls Night Out’ at the cinemas. Pretty much the only reason I got them cleaned was because it was free, otherwise they would have remained dirty and dull. With no more jewellery cleaner left and the fact that buying more continues to escape my mind, I thought I’d look into alternative ways to clean jewellery and found some pretty cool ones that I never knew about, even ones with ingredients I already had at home (including the beer in the fridge).
Clean jewellery with beer
What? Beer? I occasionally drink beer but I’ve never thought of using it to polish up my jewellery! Apparently it works really well to bring back the shine to solid gold pieces. Just make sure you don’t get it on precious stones, it’s good for gold only. You simply pour it onto a soft cleaning cloth and rub the jewellery with the beer. And when I say beer, I mean the light amber coloured beer. Don’t go trying a dark ale like Guinness. Just stick to drinking that.
Clean silver with vinegar
I knew this one but for some reason have never really used it. To use, soak your silver jewellery in a vinegar mixture that is half a cup of white vinegar to two tablespoons of baking soda. Leave it soak for two to three hours and then rinse the jewellery with cold water and dry. The jewellery must be pure silver, though, not silver plated.
Use tomato sauce to remove tarnishes
Another food that you can use as a cleaner! Next time you’re thinking of putting some tomato sauce on your chips or hot dog, consider adding some to your silver jewellery! The tomato sauce is known to remove tarnishes from silver, the acidity is what removes the stains. Soak it in the sauce for a few minutes (ha, that’s making me laugh) and then rinse with water and wipe it clean. You want sauce with that ring?
Soak in soda water
This one is perfect for my diamonds, sapphires and peridots and as luck would have it, Mr G just brought home a bottle of soda water last night simply for the fact that he got it for free with the purchase of a bottle of rum! Drop your jewellery into a glass of soda water and let them sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning you will be blinded by the sparkles coming out of the glass!
I was amazed at how well a cup of good old soda water worked. Have a look.
I’m not a vodka drinker however I might have to remember this next time I’m pouring vodka for a friend. Apparently vodka is great for cleaning crystal and glass jewellery. Because vodka has corrosive qualities (gee, really?) it’s very effective in removing the grime build up, even on diamonds. Simply put a splash of vodka on a cloth or napkin and wipe it over your jewellery and it’s done. If you’re not a vodka drinker, I’m sure you’re friend won’t mind you having a little dunk.
This is a genius idea and I bet a fraction of the cost of jewellery cleaner. I guess if you can put it on your dentures, it will be fine on your jewellery! Simply drop a denture tablet in a glass of water, add your jewellery, wait a few minutes and voila! Sparkling!
While where on the teeth theme here, why not try using toothpaste? Again, if you’d clean your teeth with it, why not your jewellery? Use an old toothbrush, clean and rinse off the residue.
What DIY tricks do you use to clean your jewellery?
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