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does anyone know how to clean jewelry at home?

Posted by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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I have a bunch of silver jewelry that needs cleaning, how can i clean these at home without buying something new?

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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LucyHourglass
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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pinkjimmies06
by Silver Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM
They have silver polish at Bed Bath Beyond. It's like ten bucks. Works wonder on tarnish.
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UgtaBkdnMe
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Seriously? Uhm, wash it...

If you're talking about it being tarnished you'll need something.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM
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My grandma always used an old toothbrush and white toothpaste for her jewelry.
LucyHourglass
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

i mean can i like boil it? one is a tiffany bracelet

Quoting UgtaBkdnMe:

Seriously? Uhm, wash it...

If you're talking about it being tarnished you'll need something.


Bethsunshine
by Emerald Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Line a pot with aluminum foil, boil some water and baking soda and put your jewelry in there for a few minutes. That's what I did to clean my husband's sterling silver Navy ring that he got from his uncle years ago.

PinkyPan
by Ruby Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry

Tips to get old jewels and gems looking shiny and new

Alka-Seltzer

Drop your dull-looking jewelry in a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer for a couple of minutes. It will sparkle and shine when you pull it out.

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Aluminum Foil

To clean your jewelry, simply line a small bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (not liquid), like Tide. Put the jewelry in the solution and let it soak for one minute. Rinse well and air-dry. This procedure makes use of the chemical process known as ion exchange, which can also be used to clean silverware.

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Ammonia

Brighten up your gold and silver trinkets by soaking them for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup clear ammonia mixed in 1 cup warm water. Gently wipe clean with a soft cloth and let dry. Note: Do not do this with jewelry containing pearls, because it could dull or damage their delicate surface.

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Baking Soda

To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean.

Note: Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gem-stones, as it could damage their finish and loosen the glue.

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Beer

Get the shine back in your solid gold (i.e., minus any gemstones) rings and other jewelry by pouring a bit of beer (not dark ale!) onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the piece. Use a clean second cloth or towel to dry.

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Club Soda

Soak your diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds in club soda to give them a bright sheen. Simply place them in a glass full of club soda and let them soak overnight.

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Denture Tablets

Has your diamond ring lost its sparkle? Drop a denture tablet into a glass containing a cup of water. Follow that with your ring or diamond earrings. Let it sit for a few minutes. Remove your jewelry and rinse to reveal the old sparkle and shine.

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Ketchup

Let ketchup do the work of shining tarnished silver. If your ring, bracelet, or earring has a smooth surface, dunk it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has a tooled or detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices. To avoid damaging the silver, don’t leave the ketchup on any longer than necessary. Rinse your jewelry clean, dry it, and it’s ready to wear.

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Toothpaste

Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

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Vinegar

Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

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Vodka

In a pinch, a few drops of vodka will clean any kind of glass or jewelry with crystalline gemstones. So although people might look at you askance, you could dip a napkin into your vodka on the rocks to wipe away the grime on your eyeglasses or dunk your diamond ring for a few minutes to get it sparkling again. But don’t try this with contact lenses! Also avoid getting alcohol on any gemstone that’s not a crystal. Only diamonds, emeralds, and the like will benefit from a vodka bath.

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Window Cleaner

Use window cleaner to spruce up jewelry that is all metal or has crystalline gemstones, such as diamonds or rubies. Spray on the cleaner, then use an old toothbrush for cleaning. But don’t do this if the piece has opaque stones such as opal or turquoise or organic gems such as coral or pearl. The ammonia and detergents in the cleaner can discolor these porous lovelies.

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kbornman21
by Silver Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM
How does that do when it has diamonds in it?


Quoting Bethsunshine:

Line a pot with aluminum foil, boil some water and baking soda and put your jewelry in there for a few minutes. That's what I did to clean my husband's sterling silver Navy ring that he got from his uncle years ago.


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nverheyn2011
by Silver Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

white vinegar will clean most of the daily crud build up without ruining it.

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UgtaBkdnMe
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Why would you boil it? Just wash it soap, water, toothbrush, rinse.

If it's tarnished get some tarnish remover. Dip it, toothbrush, rinse.

Quoting LucyHourglass:

i mean can i like boil it? one is a tiffany bracelet

Quoting UgtaBkdnMe:

Seriously? Uhm, wash it...

If you're talking about it being tarnished you'll need something.



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