How to naturally clean and care for your Jewelry
For jewelry you wear every day, it's important to keep them in tip-top shape. However, when cleaning your jewelry too much, it can be damaging, especially if you keep using chemicals that slowly damage your special jewelry in the long run.
Bacteria on jewelry could eventually lead to skin irritation, allergies, and complete discoloration and degradation of the metals. Excess dirt and debris can lead to gemstones becoming scratched as well.
Cleaning your jewelry at home could be simple with natural ingredients you probably already have.
Here are few tips to naturally clean your jewelry.
What you need:
- One tablespoon of baking soda
- One tablespoon of salt
- One tablespoon of dish soap (liquid)
- One cup of warm water
- A glass bowl
- ULTRA-SOFT toothbrush
- Tin foil
1- Place a clean piece of tin foil in the bowl, make sure the bowl is carefully covered as shown.
2- Add one cup of warm water, Preferably anything between 32-43C (90-100F) to maximize results.
3- Add one tablespoon of baking soda and salt, as they can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in warm water, for effective cleaning.
4- Add a tablespoon of dish soap, carefully mix it until you get an even color. Try to go for a natural dish soap if you can as its safe for the environment and gentle on your jewelry.
5- Add your jewelry individually as mixing your jewelry could scratch your precious pieces. Let them soak for about 10 to 15 minutes each.
6- Give each piece a very gentle scrub using a clean ultra-soft toothbrush to avoid scratching your jewelry.
7- Rinse each piece in cold water, let it air dry on a cloth and gently wipe them down until your collection is completely dry
How often you need to clean your jewelry dependent on how often you usually wear your jewels.
If you are wearing your jewelry every day it would be beneficial to do a quick and gentle scrubbing once every two to three weeks.
For those who don't wear their jewelry every day, all your jewelry might need is a quick and gentle wipe down with a polishing cloth.