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How to Clean Your Jewelry 101 - 3 Different DIY Methods to Get The Perfect Shine

Posted on 15 May 2015

Our jewelry is important to us. We pay good amounts of money for our jewelry and over time, they don't shine the way that they used to. They are pieces we cherish, wear daily, pair them with our apparel for a night out, and are simply our go-to pieces. We want them to look like they did when they were new! 

Especially for daily wear, jewelry can get icky from things like makeup, lotions, oil, and plain dirt. 

Here are 3 DIY ways (with steps included) to clean all different types of jewelry at home, using the products that you might already have. 

Method #1: Use Baking Soda to clean stones and metals

Step 1 - Pour baking soda into a small bowl

Step 2 - Pour warm water into the bowl and mix with the baking soda, until a paste is formed 

Step 3 - Apply paste onto the jewelry with your finger and rub into all areas thoroughly

Step 4 - Wash the paste off with water and dry with a lint-free cloth

** If items are very dirty, repeat this process. Make sure to use a lint-free cloth so that the fibers do not stick to the items. 

Method #2: Using soap detergent

Step 1 - Pour warm water and soap detergent into a bowl (for measurements: think of it as 3 parts warm water, and 1 part soap detergent)

Step 2 - Get a soft-bristle toothbrush and dunk it into the soap water, then brush your item thoroughly, getting into all the small nooks and cranies

Step 3 - Rinse in warm water only and dry off/polish with a lint-free cloth

** If item is very dirty, leave in the soap water over night and then continue to Step 3. Make sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush as other toothbrushes may scratch your jewelry. 

Method #3: Use Ammonia to bring out the shine and color

Step 1 - Pour warm water and ammonia into a bowl (for measurements: think of it as 3 parts warm water, and 1 part ammonia)

Step 2 - Place jewelry in the solution and let it sit for 3 - 5 minutes

Step 3 - Pull jewelry out of the bowl and dry with a lint-free cloth

Feel free to pick and try any of these methods given the items that you have at home. These methods are all safe for stones, metals, and chains. Do not use these methods with jewelry that is made with materials other than these. Sparkle on! 

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