I really love my jewellery but I always used to be incredibly lazy when it came to cleaning it. I was under the impression that I had to buy some fancy cleaning solution or take it to the jewellers to get it really shiny again. But, Pinterest came to the rescue and I learnt of two easy jewellery cleaning solutions using simple everyday household items. One of my favourite and oldest silver rings had darkened beyond an acceptable level but after trying out this DIY cleaner, it’s positively gleaming again. Joy!
1. Baking soda – mix baking soda with warm water till it makes a thick paste. Rub the paste all over your ring; it cleans stones too so don’t worry about rubbing it all over. The gentle abrasion of the baking soda will get rid of any oils and dirt. Rinse in warm water and dry with a non-lint cloth. Repeat if necessary.
2. Washing up liquid – Mix 3 parts warm water with one part washing up liquid. Using a soft toothbrush (make sure it’s soft bristles), clean the ring all over with the mixture; be sure to get in all gaps. If your ring is really dirty then you may want to leave the ring soaking in the mixture overnight. Rinse with warm water and dry with a non-lint cloth.
How easy is that? I officially have no excuse if my jewellery stops shining!
** Must note that this only works with real silver/gold and stones (precious and semi-precious). Please do not attempt this with plated/costume jewellery as it will simply scratch the plating off.