Need To Clean Some Jewelry? Try Natural Solutions

If you want to keep your new jewelry in good condition over the years, it's important that you pick up some safe jewelry cleaner for sale. You cannot use household products, like bleaches or solvents as cleaners since this can cause the jewelry to become discolored, corrode, or even fall apart if adhesives are holding stones. While you don't want to use harsh products, there are DIY solutions you can try while you are waiting for jewelry-specific cleaner to arrive.

Cleaning Your Gem Stones

To clean your gem stones, you'll need:

  • vinegar or witch hazel

  • tea tree oil

  • 1 mason jar

  • baking soda

First you'll want to place your jewelry in the mason jar and fill it up with either witch hazel or vinegar until the piece is covered. Use an eye dropper to add a single drop of tea tree oil to the mix. Then leave the jewelry piece to soak in the solution overnight.

The next day, you should remove the jewelry from the jaw and lightly sprinkle baking soda over the gem stones. With a microfiber cloth, gently scrub the jewelry and then rinse it off with water. It's important to use a non-abrasive cloth instead of something like an old toothbrush since you don't want to scratch the stones.

While this mix works well for high-quality stones, avoid using it on softer gemstones, like tanzanite. If your jewelry isn't high-quality or has softer stones, consider using a mild dish detergent and warm water to clean the stones instead of vinegar and tea tree oil.

Cleaning Your Silver Jewelry

Silver jewelry tends to tarnish, meaning the surface can lose its luster as it's exposed to air. Tarnished surfaces can range in color form yellow to black. Thankfully, there's an easy way to eliminate tarnishing. You'll need the following items:

  • aluminum foil

  • a small pan of boiling water

  • about a tablespoon of baking soda for each cup of boiling water

  • a dish bowl for the jewelry

Place some aluminum foil on the bottom of your bowl. Pour some of the boiling water into the dish bowl and add as much baking soda as you need. The water and baking soda mix will bubble a bit. Place your silver jewelry into the mix and let it work its magic. The solution will undergo a chemical reaction where the tarnish will actually transfer to the aluminum foil.

Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then carefully remove the jewelry with tongs so that you don't burn yourself with hot water. Let the jewelry dry on a towel.

Cleaning Your Gold Jewelry

It's easy to clean gold jewelry. You'll only need a pinch of baking soda and dish detergent. Mix the baking soda and dish detergent in some warm water to create the cleaning solution. Use a microfiber cloth to gently remove debris on your jewelry or let the piece sit in the solution for a deeper clean. Again, using a soft cloth for scrubbing is better than an old toothbrush so that you don't scratch the metal.

Contact a jewelry expert today to learn more about safe cleaning products for your jewelry.