Don't toss tarnished jewelry! Try this instead.

Don't toss tarnished jewelry! Try this instead.

If you're anything like me, you probably have a handful of jewelry pieces which you no longer wear, not because you've outgrown them, but because they are dull, tarnished, and appear tired overall.  Here I will share three easy methods to cleaning your jewelry at home.  

      1. Soap and water: For most types of jewelry, a simple solution of warm water and mild dish soap can be used to clean the piece. Soak the jewelry for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly and dry it with a soft cloth. 

      2. Vinegar (or water) and baking soda: This method can be used to clean gold and costume jewelry. Mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda to create a paste. Apply the paste to the jewelry and let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a soft-bristled brush and rinse the jewelry thoroughly with water. Dry it with a soft cloth. Do not use on pearls or soft gemstones.

      3. Antibacterial cleaner: Pour a couple ounces of the liquid cleaner into a glass bowl. Add your jewelry and let it soak for five minutes. The buildup should begin to fall to the bottom of the bowl. Once the time is up, remove and gently scrub the jewelry with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse under cool water, then pat dry with a clean cloth. Let your jewelry dry before putting it away.

It's important to remember that certain types of jewelry, such as pearls, opals, and turquoise, are more delicate and require special care.  Taking proper care of all your jewelry by regular cleaning and storing them properly will help keep them shiny and sparkling so you can enjoy them for years to come!

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