Your costume jewelry gets damaged quickly? They oxidize or lose their colors of yesteryear? It is important to clean your jewelry regularly and to maintain them properly to keep their shine. Here are a few techniques to properly care for your jewelry and keep it as long as possible by Stella Green.
Grandmother's remedies for your dirty and damaged jewelry
Be careful with the products you use to clean your jewelry. Solvent or cleaning products are generally not recommended. But which products to use? Here are some tips for using home remedies.
No need to have expensive products to clean your jewelry! You can use simple items that you use every day.
- First, get a toothbrush, not too damaged. This allows you to clean your jewelry thoroughly without damaging it.
- Secondly, apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and rub gently.
- Rinse it with water and rub with a clean cloth.
A very simple trick that only works for jewelry that is only slightly damaged. If you don't see any results, try with baking soda.
A second simple and effective tip. Aspirin, hence the real name, acetylsalicylic acid, is a light acid that allows you to clean your jewelry (especially gold) and give it a new shine.
Fill a glass with water and put 2 tablets of aspirin in it. Let the jewel bathe for a few hours, and that's it! You only have to rinse and clean with a clean cloth.
Baking soda, or baking soda can be used in many different ways. Being inexpensive and environmentally friendly, baking soda is ideal for cleaning your costume jewelry.
Nothing could be simpler: Sprinkle baking soda powder on a cloth or sponge and rub. If your jewelry has a lot of dirt or is very oxidized, you can lightly soak your cloth/sponge with white vinegar. Be careful though, vinegar can be dangerous for the most fragile jewelry. Don't forget to rinse with water and rub with a clean dry cloth.
Lemon, thanks to citric acid, has antioxidant effects and is slightly abrasive. It allows to clean properly a costume jewel without damaging it. The recipe is as follows:
- Dilute lemon juice with water.
- Soak a cloth, cotton or sponge
- Gently rub your jewel, pressing lightly on the surface of the jewel.
- Rinse your jewelry with water.
- Polish with a cloth, once dry.