You wash your clothes. You wash your towels. Why is it so many of us don’t wash our jewelry?
Over time, lotions, soaps, and everyday dirt can these decorative items to lose their sparkle. From gold and silver to pears and costume jewelry, removing the gunk that’s gotten trapped in the prongs and on the surface can help restore your baubles’ luster.
Take the Gunk Off Costume Jewelry
One of the things that makes costume jewelry more affordable is that the stones are typically glued rather than set. Because of this, you’ll want to avoid soaking and harsh scrubbing, which can cause the gems to loosen and pop off. Rather, use a soft cloth dipped in a mix of dish detergent and warm water to gently wipe smudges and grime from the surface. Rinse clean with water and allow to dry completely on a flat, clean surface.
Return the Shine of Gold
It’s mild dish soap to the rescue again. Add a few drops to some club soda in a small bowl. Add the jewelry and allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove and rinse. Dry with a soft cloth.
Banish Tarnish off Silver
Have you found your silver has developed a layer of tarnish? You can easily remove a mild amount with warm water and dish soap. For a heavier buildup, a mixture of three-parts baking soda and one-part water will do the trick. Plus, you’ll need a bit of elbow great with a lint-free cloth.
Polish Dull Pearls
Pearls are extremely porous. So you’ll need to treat them with extra care. Combine a drop of shampoo and warm water in a small bowl. Use a makeup brush to wash each pearl. Wipe down the pearls with a damp cloth. Lay on a clean, dry towel to dry.