Want your favorite jewelry to sparkle like it’s brand new again? Forget about expensive cleaners or professional polishings… bring back the shine DIY style! Brighten your silver, gold and gemstone jewelry in no time with these everyday household ingredients.
Tomato Ketchup For Polishing Silver
We all know it tastes great on french fries, but ketchup is so much more than just a condiment! Ketchup can make your dull, tarnished silver jewelry shine like it’s brand new again! If you have any solid silver accessories (without gemstones) that you’d like to clean, simply submerge the pieces in ketchup and allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to keep track of the time- while the acid from the tomatoes and vinegar will help to lift stains, it could also damage the jewelry if it’s left for too long. Remove the jewelry from the ketchup and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush before rinsing with water.
Beer For Shining Gold
Kick back after a long day, crack open a beer… and get to work polishing your gold jewelry! Any type of beer will work, with the exception of dark ales. Pour a little beer onto a soft cloth and use to shine any gold surface. Be careful to avoid any gemstones in the jewelry, as beer could damage the delicate stones. This technique works best on solid gold pieces.
Club Soda For Sparkling Gemstones
All you need is a little club soda to make your gemstones glisten! Drop your jewelry in a bubbling glass of club soda and let it sit for a few hours. The carbonation in the water will gently scrub the surface of the stones to bring back their clarity and shine.