Cleaning your jewellery can give it a new lease of life which can sometimes make it feel brand new again. There are many companies and jewellers out there who are quite happy to up sell you some expensive jewellery cleaner whenever you buy a nice piece, but is it really necessary? In short, no. You can clean most different types of jewellery with some everyday household items.
Alka-Seltzer is surprisingly good for cleaning jewellery. Simply add some to water and drop your jewellery in for a few minutes. When you take it out again you will see that it has its sparkle back.
Another good way of cleaning jewellery – particularly silver – is to line a bowl with tin foil, fill woth hot (but not too hot) water, and add a tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent such as Daz. Powder works best. Let your jewellery soak in this solution for one minute and then dry thoroughly. This process is a scientific one called ion exchange, which is why it’s so effective when it comes to cleaning silver.
If you have a load of tarnish that has built up over time on your silver jewellery pieces, then baking soda is probably one of the best methods for getting it off. Add 2 tablespoons of water to 50g of baking soda and mix to form a thick paste. Apply this to the silver jewellery with a sponge or cloth, rinse with water and then buff dry with a dust-free cloth. It is important that this method is not used with jewellery that contains any gemstones including pearls as it can loosen the glue that holds them in.