The immediate words that ring a bell when we hear the word jewellery are ‘bling’, ‘sparkle’, ‘shine’, ‘glitter’ and many more. However, when your favorite bling just doesn’t have the same sparkle, instead of purchasing expensive cleaning solutions or bucking out for a professional scrubbing, you can try these simple hacks with ingredients you already have in your pantry, this concoction costs pennies to make and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals — just the power of science.
What You’ll Need:
- Dish Soap
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
- Soft Cloth
Hack #1: Dish Soap, Water, and a Toothbrush
Prepare a solution of very warm water and a few drops of dish washing liquid. You need to soak your jewellery for 20 to 40 and use a clean toothbrush to loosen any stubborn dirt that is still clinging onto your jewels. Finally, rinse and dry before enjoying your gleaming jewelry. You can repeat the process more than once.
Hack #2: Beer and a Soft Cloth
No, we don’t mean drink it but you can use a little beer and soft cloth to bring back that shine to your faded ring. Just pour a bit of beer on the cloth and rub the ring gently. You can then dry the band with a dry clean cloth.
Hack #3: Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide
These two together can easily help you clean your gold or silver diamond ring. In a small bowl combine equal quantities of Windex and hydrogen peroxide and place your ring inside for 15 to 20 minutes. Between the Windex, which gets rid of all of the dirt your ring collects on a daily basis, and the hydrogen peroxide, which kills all of the bacteria your ring comes into contact with, you ring will be spotless and ready for a rubdown with a clean soft toothbrush to remove any extra residue. When you’re done, you can rinse the ring or piece of jewelry with cold water and dry with a clean cloth.
Hack #4: Vinegar and Baking Soda
To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean. Note: Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gem-stones, as it could damage their finish or loosen any glue. When your jewels are nice and clean, rinse them and dry with a cloth.
Hack #5: Ketchup
Let ketchup do the work of shining tarnished silver. If your ring, bracelet, or earring has a smooth surface, dunk it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has a tooled or detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices. To avoid damaging the silver, don’t leave the ketchup on any longer than necessary. Rinse your jewelry clean, dry it, and it’s ready to wear.
It’s okay to be a little obsessed with jewellery and use these simple hacks for bling, bling, bling!
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