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Tired of toxic chemical filled jewelry cleaners? Learn how to clean jewelry naturally using common household ingredients!
When buying commercial jewelry cleaner, you will notice that it is full of harsh chemicals intended to make your jewels shine. And while shine they may, do you really want all of those chemicals resting on your skin or worse, being inhaled as you clean?
Of course not!
Luckily there are simple ways to clean jewelry naturally. Take a look below at how to clean jewelry naturally so you can get your gems sparkling without the chemicals.
Here are a few of the ingredients you can use to clean jewelry naturally:
Now, let’s explore how these natural cleaning agents can be used. There are quite a few ways to use these ingredients, and the one you choose may depend on how deep of a clean you need or what kind of piece you are cleaning.
1. Tin Foil Soak Method
Line a bowl with tin foil. Fill it with either white vinegar OR some warm water and natural dish soap. Allow the jewelry to soak for 10 minutes before rinsing clean with additional white vinegar and cool water.
These ingredients will help cut through grime and help make your jewelry shine. This is ideal for rings and pieces that you don’t want to scrub.
2. DIY Cleansing Paste
Create a paste using water and baking soda. It should be thick and stay in place when turned upside down.
Spread a little on the piece of jewelry and massage gently with a dull toothbrush or soft cloth. Massage in circles for several minutes before rinsing with warm water.
This method is ideal for large pieces or those with a large amount of grime.
3. White Vinegar Rinse
Necklaces can simply be run under white vinegar to help loosen up grit and grim and make the piece shine.
When done you can just rinse with cold water to remove the last of the vinegar and any smell that is still present.
4. Olive Oil Massage
Many people swear that olive oil is great for removing grime from jewelry while making it shine. This is best when used on solid pieces and not intricate pieces.
You can apply a little oil to a soft cloth and massage it into the piece. If cleaning leather jewelry such as bangles or wrist bands you will find olive oil to be helpful in keeping the piece supple and the color rich.
5. Elbow Grease
In all of the above suggestions, you will want to take your time and put some effort into it. Commercial cleaners are meant to do the job fast, but use chemicals in order to speed up the process.
When using the above materials, you will need to scrub, rinse, and possibly repeat to get the job done, but in the end your efforts are a safer and healthier alternative.
Get you jewelry clean the natural way when you give these ways to clean jewelry naturally and without chemicals a try!
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