Over time, your jewelry might be looking less shiny from the build-up of lotions, oils, and dirt that it has been exposed to. In particular, you might be especially devastated if your breathtaking diamond engagement ring has become lackluster. To return the sparkle to your jewelry, skip running to the jewelry store to get them cleaned, and try out some of these simple do it yourself jewelry cleaning cleaners that use regular household products.
Dish Soap Soak
Mild dish soap makes for another option is perfect for cleaning jewelry or your engagement ring. Squirt a small amount of dish soap into a bowl of warm water and let the piece of jewelry sit in the soapy mixture for 15 to 30 minutes. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to lightly brush away dirt from the setting, stones or anywhere else where grime has collected and rinse with warm water and dry with a microfiber or lint-free cloth. For turquoise stones only dunk the stone into the dish soap mixture, rinse and dry right away as it is a very porous stone and soaking the stone will cause discoloration.
Baking Soda Cleaning Paste
Baking soda mixed with water to form a paste is another great mild cleaning option to clean dirty jewelry. To make a baking soda cleaning paste mix a small amount of baking soda and water in a bowl to create a paste. To use this mild nonabrasive cleaner place a small amount of the baking soda paste on the jewelry and gently rub using your finger or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse away the baking soda paste off the jewelry with warm water and dry with a microfiber or lint-free cloth.
Ammonia Soak (For Diamond Jewelry Only)
For a much stronger cleaner, mix together 1 part ammonia to 5 parts warm water in a small bowl and let your diamond ring soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub away dirt and rinse with warm water, towel dry with a lint-free cloth. Ammonia even diluted may damage other stones, as such only use this cleaning solution on diamond rings.
Aluminum Foil Soak (For Tarnished Silver Jewelry)
To remove the tarnish from silver jewelry this method uses a chemical process called an ion transfer to remove the tarnish and restore it back to shiny silver. To begin, line a baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, and place your silver jewelry onto the foil. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 drop of mild dish detergent onto the baking pan and pour in enough hot water to cover the jewelry. After the silver has soaked for 10 minutes, flip the jewelry pieces over and leave for another 10 minutes. Avoid using a soft-bristled brush to further clean sterling silver jewelry as it is a soft metal that can scratch easily. Remove the silver jewelry from the dish and rinse with water before drying.
Tips For Keeping Your Jewelry Clean
To help keep your jewelry looking brand new make sure to remove rings when applying lotions, taking a shower or washing your hands. Additionally, if you apply hairspray, perfume or other body mists apply these products before putting on your jewelry so that the product does not build up on your jewelry pieces.