Education | How To Clean Your Jewellery At Home
Being at home together it's a great opportunity to give your jewellery some love and care so we've put together a fun, simple guide on how to clean your jewellery with household products.
Cleaning Hack 1.
This cleaning hack is for sterling silver jewellery only... or sterling silver will naturally start to oxidise (turn black) over time, but the good news is it's really easy to clean!
You will need:
- baking soda
- warm water
- dishwashing liquid
- a shallow bowl
- tinfoil (aluminum foil)
- a soft cloth
Firstly, line your bowl with the foil and add two-ish teaspoons of baking soda and a small amount of dishwashing liquid.. lastly, add the warm water (enough to cover your jewels)
this concoction should fizz and dissolve... if not, give it a good stir and place your silver jewellery in the concoction and let it sit for a few hours or overnight
The theory is the baking soda and foil create a chemical exchange called an ion transfer which naturally cleans metals - amazing huh. rise & buff dry. the more you buff the better the shine.
Cleaning Hack 2.
This is the easiest and fastest way to clean your jewellery at home and personally my prefered method - it works a treat!
you will need:
- an old toothbrush (or someone elses)
- a soft cloth
Toothpaste is a great way to give your sterling silver jewellery some instant shine. it acts like a cutting compound as it has tiny abrasive particles.
Simply put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and give it a good brush. You can also give it a really good rub with your fingers and really feel the particles getting to work then rinse.
Use a soft cloth to buff dry - the more you buff the better the shine.
For Gold Plated/Gold Jewellery
Gold is a soft metal so be really gentle when cleaning.
Using the same toothbrush dip it in the water that has the toothpaste residue.
It's important not to add or use more toothpaste as it may be too harsh for your gold/gold plate.
Brush it softly. then dry and buff with soft cloth - the more you buff the better the shine! funny that.
Please note these are only recommendations - if in doubt please check in with your local jeweller. (when you can :)
Thanks for tuning in and cleaning your jewellery with us! #athomewithflash