We all know store bought jewelry cleaners work. Just drop in, rinse, and dry. Or if you have all the time in the world, stop by the jewelry store and let them clean it. Seriously, some ladies do this on a daily basis. But did you know you can get the same results by using items you probably have around the house? Plus, you can do this without harsh chemicals. Win, win.
If you’re like me, my wedding ring set is caked with lotion, dirt, and who knows what else. I have a four-year-old boy and seriously DON’T want to know what else. My wedding set looks similar to the sparkler on the right, AppleofGold’s 1 1/2 Carat Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring Set. When the stone is raised, dirt and grime can easily get trapped underneath. If you’re busy, the grime can really add up. Mine gets all black and yucky.
Here are a few ideas on how to quickly clean your jewelry without leaving the house.
- Combine one cup of boiling water and one tablespoon of baking soda. Soak dull jewelry for a few minutes. If your jewelry is super dirty, use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Don’t forgot to rinse with water otherwise the baking soda can leave a white residue. Dry with cloth. Please be careful and don’t put jewelry in the microwave. Just heat the cup of water by itself.
- If you don’t have baking soda, combine one cup of warm water and a few drops of liquid detergent. Use a toothbrush to scrub grime away.
- You can also drop jewelry in a cup of fizzing antacid. These aren’t the only ways but I find they are the easiest.
Other cleaning options include: toothpaste and windex. Add a few drops of Windex and mix with warm water. Or rub jewelry with some toothpaste . Scrub with soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water. Dry with cloth.
I will add ammonia here but ONLY recommend it for occasional cleanings. Don’t use for weekly cleanings. Ammonia is a great cleaner but it’s harsh and can damage some materials used in jewelry. Avoid use for gold pieces that have platinum or pearls. Mix six parts warm, not hot, water to one part ammonia. Hot water could crack fragile stones, like opals. Soak for one minute. Don’t leave in too long.