This step by step guide to the safest way to naturally clean jewellery at home will ensure your precious metals and gems won’t be damaged by harsh chemicals and will save you money on buying specialized cleaning products.
All jewellery will get dirty over time from constant wear resulting in a lacklustre appearance. Gently cleaning your jewellery on a regular basis will help to maintain its shine.
Silver does tarnish causing dark spots or a grey appearance. The method given below will remove most light tarnish however for heavier tarnish spots try the baking soda method given at the end. Some heavily tarnished jewellery may need a jeweller’s expertise.
Naturally Cleaning Fine Jewellery
Be careful when cleaning around gem stone settings so you don’t accidently dislodge the stone.
Tools and Materials Needed
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- ¼ Tsp. Mild Dish Detergent
- Old Soft Toothbrush
- Lint Free Cloth or Paper Towel – These top rated pack of 24 Microfibre Cloths from Amazon basics are lint free and can be used over and over again. (Paid link)
Time needed: 40 minutes.
The safest way to naturally clean jewellery at home.
- Soak the Jewellery
First place the warm water into a bowl then add the dish detergent and mix through. Remove the earring backings and pendants from necklaces then place in the water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
- Clean with a Soft Brush
Next use an old soft toothbrush to gently scrub the jewellery all over while it is under the water to release the dirt. The fine bristles make cleaning around crevices easier.
- Buff Dry
Use the cloth or paper towels to gently rub the jewellery until it is dry and you no longer see dirt marks on the cloth. Necklaces can be easily run through the cloth while holding the cloth firmly around it.
Baking Soda Method for Tarnished Silver
- Make a paste with 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water.
- Place some of the paste on a soft cloth or paper towel then gently rub onto the silver.
- Wash off in cold water using the soft brush to remove the paste from around crevices.
- Gently rub dry with a clean soft cloth or paper towel until no more tarnish marks appear on the cloth.
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If your tarnish is heavier and isn’t coming off with the baking soda, try this Silver Polishing Cloth which also protects your jewellery from tarnish. It is highly rated and cheaper than a jeweller. (Paid link)
It is important to gently rub your jewellery dry while it is still wet or you may have water marks on the jewellery.
If you don’t have a jewellery box consider using a used egg carton. There are twelve individual spots to keep your jewellery separate. Simply paint the outside with acrylic paints to make it more attractive.
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