Whether you’re cleaning your grandmother’s heirloom wedding ring or the barbell you want to slip into your new piercing, there are ways you can clean your jewelry at home without bringing it into a jeweler.
Step 1: Gather Materials
First, you’ll need to set up your workspace. You might have one ring to be cleaned or a variety of jewelry that could use a polishing. This method can be used on fake jewelry, ones with soft stones, gold or silver. Place all items away from the sink. You don’t want to end up having to fish your ring out of the sink’s drain trap in case it’s dropped.
- Soft toothbrush
- Soft cloth
- Baking Soda
- Hot water
Step 2: Soak the Ring
Once your workspace is set up, add hot water to a bowl for soaking. For very dirty rings and jewelry, you’ll need to loosen the grime and dirt with hot water prior to the cleaning process.
Step 3: Second Soak
After soaking the ring in hot water for approximately 5 minutes, remove it from the water and soak it in vinegar. For the vinegar bath, you can leave the ring for approximately 5 minutes too.
Step 4: The Scrub
While the ring is soaking, add water and baking soda until it forms a paste. The paste should be watery, but it should cover the ring with running. It should be the consistency of toothpaste. After removing the ring from the vinegar, cover it with the baking soda mixture. Using the soft toothbrush, scrub in small circles around the ring’s surface. Be careful not to dislodge any stones or settings in the jewelry.
Step 5: The Rinse
After scrubbing the ring thoroughly, it can be rinsed in more hot water. Never run water over the ring inside the sink. Once the scrub is removed from the jewelry, use the soft cloth to dry and polish the jewelry.
This method can be used for many pieces of jewelry since it doesn’t use harsh chemicals. The hot water will loosen the dirt, the baking soda will scrub the dirt away and the polishing will make it shine beautifully. If there are loose stones or pieces that need to be fixed, it’s best to bring it to a jeweler for repairs. The jeweler will also give it a good cleaning too. Otherwise, you can always clean your jewelry with this method at home. It’ll save you time and money.