We all want our jewelry to have that glow we were attracted to when we first purchased it. Unfortunately, layers of dirt and grime form on these jewelries because of the body oils, dust and other impurities they have come in contact with over time. More often than not, most of us discard our jewelry when it becomes dirty or green. This is a bad habit!
The QWT team presents to you a step-by-step guide on how to clean your gold and silver jewelries at little or no cost.
Gold jewelry can be cleaned using baking soda, vinegar or soap. Any of these methods listed below would give your gold jewelry the sparkle that it lacks.
1. BAKING SODA:
– Mix some baking soda with water to form a paste.
– Dip your gold jewelry in it and use an old toothbrush to work out the dirt.
– Rinse in cool water and dry with clean cloth.
– Drop your gold jewelry in a cup of vinegar for about 15-20 minutes.
– Remove it from the vinegar then use an old toothbrush to scrub.
– Rinse in cool water and dab with a soft piece of cloth.
3. WASHING SOAP:
– Place your jewelry in a soap and water solution.
– Scrub it with a old toothbrush with soft bristles.
– Dab it dry with cotton wool.
We all have some silver jewelry tangled and blackened in a corner of our room. This is quite sad because silver is a beautiful piece of jewel, sometimes expensive and more preferable to gold. Well, I have just one method of cleaning your silver that would blow your mind. Here it goes:
- Baking soda
- Aluminum foil
- A bowl
- Salt (Sodium Chloride)
- Boiling water
- A soft piece of cloth
- Boil some water, the amount of water you boil depends on the number of jewelry you want to clean.
- Line your bowl with the aluminum foil.
- Put the salt, baking soda and vinegar in the bowl.
- Pour the hot water in, be sure to mix everything properly.
- Place your silver jewelry in the solution and wait for about 10-15 minutes.
- During this period, you can turn each jewelry in order to get all sides in contact with the aluminum foil.
- Remove your silver and clean with a soft cloth.
- Your silver becomes shiny and new!
This process is called ion exchange. Salt contains sodium chloride, vinegar contains acetic acid and baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate and all these work together in removing the dirt in silver by transferring to the aluminum foil.
That’s it folks! Easy, cheap and simple. You have just learnt how to clean your jewelry, give it a try and drop your comments below.
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