Clean Jewelry with Ketchup, Vinegar, Vodka and more

Club soda is the most common solution recommended for
jewelry, that includes both precious metals and crystalline gemstones, from
emeralds and sapphires to diamonds and rubies. But there are plenty of other
natural way to bring new life to your antique jewelry.

One thing you should always remember when you’re using
different ways to clean your jewelry at home is that submerging costume jewelry
in liquids can be risky. You’re better off cleaning them with a mild soap
without getting them too wet. However, here are plenty of solutions for jewelry
that includes set stones as opposed to glued ones.

Give Them a Brush

Using an old toothbrush and your regular toothpaste can help
you out with most jewelry, but it’s particularly useful for gold and crystalline
gemstones. However, this isn’t recommended for jewelry with amorphous
gemstones, including opal and amber. Also, try to use a toothpaste that doesn’t
include abrasive microbeads.

Try Baking Soda

One of the simplest ways to clean your jewelry at home
involves baking soda. It can work wonders for silver and gold jewelry, but it’s
not recommended for pieces with pearls or gemstones. Make a paste using 4
tablespoons of baking soda and 2 of water. Rub it gently, then rinse your
jewelry and buff it to get a beautiful finish. 

Use White Vinegar

Combining white vinegar with baking soda makes for an even
more powerful natural cleaning agent. For gold, it’s recommended that you mix
the apply the baking soda on the solid metal jewelry, then pour vinegar on it
and rinse. For pure silver, you can actually let your jewelry soak in a mixture
of 8 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 of baking soda. Use cold water to rinse
and dry or buff them with a soft fabric.

Experiment with Ion
Exchange

One of the classic ways to clean your jewelry at home
involves a chemical process called ion exchange. You’ll need aluminum foil and
a single tablespoon of a powdered laundry detergent that’s does not contain
bleach. Line a bowl with the aluminum foil, fill it with hot water and add the
detergent. Your jewelry only needs to soak in it for around 60 seconds.

Squeeze Some Ketchup

Silver jewelry can also be cleaned with a little ketchup.
For simple metallic jewelry with smooth surfaces, all you need to do is submerge
it in ketchup for 3-4 minutes. When you’re trying to clean more detailed
pieces, use a toothbrush to spread the ketchup evenly and make sure it gets
into every crevice. Rinse with cold water and your silver jewelry will look
shiny again.

Add Some Beer

When you’re dealing with gold pieces without any kind of
stones, beer can be one of the best ways to clean your jewelry at home.
You’ll
need a blonde ale, since dark ones can stain your jewelry. Simply pour
on one soft cloth to clean them, and use a second one to dry them.

Use Ammonia

For a more drastic cleaning, you can use ammonia for gold and
silver jewelry. It’s also useful for crystalline gemstone, but never for
amorphous ones or pearls. Use three cups of water for one cup of clear ammonia
to make sure you won’t harm your jewelry, and don’t let them soak in the
solution for more than 10 minutes. Use a soft cloth dry them after the soak.

Pour Some Vodka

Gold and silver jewelry can also benefit from a little vodka
bath. You can also use jewelry with crystalline gemstones. In one of the
easiest ways to clean your jewelry at home, simply submerge it for a few
minutes in a glass of vodka.

Try a Gentle Shampoo

Pearls and other amorphous stones, including turquoise and
opal, can be cleaned in the best way with a solution of warm water and a mild
shampoo. For strings of pearls, use a soft makeup brush to clean each one
individually, then rinse with a wet cloth. Always make sure that you leave them
to dry in a horizontal position, otherwise the wet string might stretch.

Use Window Cleaner

One of the most straight forward ways ways to clean your
jewelry at home, window cleaner does contain ammonia, so it’s only recommended
for crystalline gemstones, along with gold and silver. Simply spray it on, and
use a toothbrush to clean your jewelry.