We've all been to the jewelry store and seen bottles of jewelry cleaner and perhaps you bought a bottle or two.
That wasn't necessarily a good thing. It can damage some stone and can be expensive.
We all want our sterling and gold to look good without having to put in all the work. Here's two solutions to get you started and save money in the process.
Far heavy tarnish on jewelry (without stones):
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. It will fizz so be prepared. I recommend using a one pound margarine tub that has rounded sides.
Step 2: Place the jewelry into the mixture and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Set a timer and check on your items every 15 minutes. Too long in this case isn't a good thing.
Step 3: Close the sink drain.
Step 4: Remove the jewelry from the mixture.
Step 5: Close the sink drain (that can't be said enough). Gently rinse your item in warm water and dry it.
For jewelry with stones:
You'll need baking soda toothpaste and a small soft brush.
*Some people swear toothbrushes work best but I find the bristles too large to get between some stones and the prongs. I recommend a soft lip liner brush.
Step 1: Close the drain.
Step 2: Apply a small dab of toothpaste to the item and gently clean it with the brush.
Step 3: Rinse the jewelry off under a gentle stream of warm water and reapply toothpaste as needed. Do not let the toothpaste dry as it is very hard to clean.
Step 4: Remember - close the drain! Once clean, thoroughly rinse the item under a gentle stream of warm water. Use the brush to ensure all toothpaste is removed.
Step 5: Dry the item.
There you have it. Two inexpensive ways to make your jewelry shine so you can make a statement without saying a word.