Home Jewelry Cleaning tips
To clean jewelry at home, you can use a cloth to buff your jewelry with a soft cloth. You can also use jewelry cleaning cloths and solutions being sold at stores such as Target. Target carries Connoisseurs jewelry cleaning products which are great. For silver you can use a solution of 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Just dip the silver jewelry in it, rinse and buff with a soft cloth. If the jewelry is heavily tarnished, a jewelry cleaning cloth or cleaning solutions is more of effective way to get the tarnish off. Just be sure to read the instructions on the cleaning solutions since some might be too harsh on jewelry with stones and pearls. All sterling silver jewelry tarnishes eventually as does all metal jewelry and does require a regular maintenance to keep the jewelry looking like new. Some people’s skin PH also makes jewelry pieces tarnish faster. Also wearing perfume or lotions can affect the jewelry so it’s always best to avoid lotions and anything with alcohol around jewelry. Some silver jewelry pieces have a temporary anti-tarnish coating that will wear off and will require cleaning once it starts to tarnish. If you are interested in making a DIY jewelry cleaning solutions, here is a recipe.
DIY Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe
- 1 tbs of salt
- 1 tbs of baking soda
- 1 tsp of dish soap
Line a little bowl with aluminum foil. Mix the above ingredients on top of the foil and add in a 1 cup of hot water. The mixture will bubble. Close the aluminum foil and let the jewelry sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse and dry off gently with a paper towel or a soft cloth. If your jewelry is extra dirty, you can use an old toothbrush to gently brush your jewelry before rinsing. It’s best to clean your silver and gold jewelry separately. When cleaning your silver jewelry to remove tarnish, put your jewelry pieces on the foil first making sure each pieces touches the foil, then add the ingredients.