ost of you might be wondering why your jewelry looks dead and out from an antique store. Well, this might be the case of almost all jewelry after 2 or more years. You might be taking this seriously only when some random stranger asks you “are you on imitation jewelry?”
In our day-to-day busy schedule, we might neglect the need to clean the jewelry we own. Regardless of the intimacy of uses, all of your jewelry needs a break from time to time. This will ensure to keep their bling on and makes them lasts longer. Other than the premium jewelry cleaners, which might possibly break your bank if you are running on a budget, there are many ways to clean your jewelry. And believe us these might be a few of the best and homemade remedies for your jewelry’s lustre crisis.
Here are the best DIY jewelry cleaners you can make at home…
1. The Miracle Jewelry Cleaners
Baking soda tops our pick today. Baking soda is one of the most used kitchen items on a day-to-day basis. Well, here’s another way to use them. All you need is some Hot water, A thin sheet of Aluminum (aluminum foil will do), Table salt and some Dishwasher soap.
- Cut the aluminum sheet to the shape of the bottom of a bowl and place it there.
- Add hot water with a tbsp of salt, baking soda and dishwasher soap.
- Give it a good stir and place your tarnished jewelry in the concoction and allow it to rest for 10-15 min.
Take them out of the solution after the prescribed time and rinse the jewelry thoroughly in cold water. Now, wrap it up with a soft cloth and pat them dry.
**Note: We would suggest avoid using the above given method for gem and pearl jewelry. The ingredients might easily create a chemical reaction on your precious pearls and stones which might end up creating a dark and dull coating on top of them.
2. The Alka – Seltzer
Let the fizz will do all the work. If you are facing lack of lustre crisis for your jewelry just have an Alka-seltzer. Well, they can be used on jewelry too. All you need is a few Alka-Seltzer tablets or any other antacids and a Glass of water.
- Drop 2-3 tablets of Alka-seltzer in a glass of water.
- While the water fizzes, drop all your dull looking jewelry in the glass for a couple of minutes.
The fill will get into all those tiny pores filled with tarnish and dirt and loosen them up to the surface. Within a couple of minutes, you have your jewelry with all its sparkle and shine just like old times.
**Note: Well, this method is safe for almost every type of jewelry you have. You will have better results if you brush them gently with a soft bristled brush. Make sure you give them a nice wash after cleaning.
3. The NH3 Way
Well, there is always chemical involved!!! NH3 or Ammonia is one of the most widely used ingredients in jewelry cleaners. Well, a little ammonia won’t harm your jewelry too. This jewelry cleaner might be the most effective and efficient one you can easily make at your home. All you need is A cup of clear Ammonia and some Warm water.
- Get ammonia from the nearest chemist and pour ½ cup clear ammonia into a glass beaker.
- Now mix it with 1 cup of warm water.
- Drop your jewelry for utmost 10 minutes into the solution you made.
- Take them out carefully after 10 minutes and wipe with clean and soft cloth-like
Your jewelry will be all back to its teenage!!!
**Note: Make sure you don’t pick jewelry with pearls and gemstones for this method as this could easily dull or damage their delicate surfaces.
4. Shampoo for Pearls
Pearls are delicate and even a mild reaction to them can cost you a fortune. So, if you are planning to clean your pearl jewelry, we would suggest finding a very mild shampoo Yes!!! Shampoo!!! To make this simple jewelry cleaner you need A piece of soft cloth, A mild shampoo and some Warm water.
- Place down your pearls in a cloth with secured ends.
- Take a bowl of warm water and add the mild shampoo to it and mix them well.
- Place your bag of pearls in the bowl and rub the pearls softly to remove the dirt from its surface.
- Once done, take them out and pat them dry. They’ll look good as new!
**Note: Be extremely cautious while rubbing the pearls. Know that rushing yourself will cause more damage than ever. Always clean only 3-4 pearls a a time. More than this amount will crowd the party and might even cause damage to eachother.
5. The Vinegar Vibes
Vinegar might be the most efficient homemade jewelry cleaner in this listicle for silver. Acetic acid or vinegar is really well-known for its multi purpose use and health benefits. But, most of you might be amused to know they can also be really effective as jewelry cleaners. All you need is some Baking soda, Boiling water and Vinegar to make this magical cleaner.
- Mix one tbsp. of salt and baking soda in a bowl of boiling water.
- Mix them well without leaving any residue of these solvents.
- Now, place your jewelry in it and add ½ cup of vinegar to it.
- Let it rest for 5-7 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and dab dry with a soft cloth while you watch your jewelry shine!!!
**Note: Use this method for your silver jewelry only. Vinegar will react with Silver Sulphade which forms as a black coating on your silver jewelry. Using this method on gold and other precious metal jewelry are strictly discouraged.
6. The Tea Tree Oil Jewelry Cleaner
Tea tree oil is a well-known antiseptic and is used to treat wounds. A few drops of the oil adds an antiseptic boost to the jewelry keeping them sterile and safe. Here’s how you can develop a safe and effective jewelry cleaner making use of tea tree oil. You migh need : A cup of vinegar, Tea tree oil and A soft bristled brush.
- Place your jewelry in a jar and pour ½ cup of vinegar.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil and leave it overnight.
- Take out the jewelry and clean it with a toothbrush, which has a gentle bristle coated with baking soda.
- Wash the jewelry thoroughly with warm and cold water respectively.
***Note: This is one of those gentle methods you can try on all your precious jewelry with or without gems and pearls.
7. The Beer Junky
Well, what can we say…Your jewelry too loves beer just as you do! Put your gold jewelry in a bowl and pour some beer. Not the dark ale though!!! Leave it for a few minutes to rest in the beer. Take them out to dry them off with a soft cloth.
**Note: If you have delicate jewelry, instead of soaking them in the beer you can place your jewelry on a soft cloth pour the beer on it while rubbing the dirt off slowly.
I am a lifestyle, decor and editor at Lijo Decor. A long-time native from Miami, Florida , USA who loves to publish her own articles in various lifestyle-related websites.