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Gold and Silver Jewelry DIY Cleaning and Care Basics

If you enjoy wearing precious metal jewelry, then you’re probably aware of the fact that over time, your silver and gold can start to look dirty and dull. Silver, in particular, is prone to tarnishing, or undergoing a chemical reaction that causes a dark layer to form on the surface. And while gold jewelry won’t tarnish, it can become dirty and dull with use. So you’ll want to find ways to get rid of grime and ensure that your gold and silver jewelry always looks as bright and beautiful as the day you bought it. Luckily, you don’t have to go out of your way to find a jeweler to accomplish this task for you. Neither do you have to spend major money on products for the task. There are tons of ways to do it yourself at home with very little cost. Here are some cleaning and care basics to get you started.

Silver is bound to be a bit more complicated to keep clean. Whether you wear your silver rings, necklaces, and other jewelry frequently or leave it sitting in a jewelry box for weeks or months at a time, it’s probably going to tarnish over time. That said, you should definitely consider storing your silver jewelry in a special bag or case that features treated flannel designed to slow the formation of tarnish. This will help to reduce the frequency of cleaning, which is a good thing because every time you polish silver you can lose a little bit of surface area – and also, polishing silver is annoying. Generally speaking, you don’t want to have to polish silver more than once or twice a year, and proper storage can alleviate the need for frequent cleaning.

Even so, your silver is going to tarnish eventually. A little bit of tarnish can most easily be treated with a silver polishing cloth, and you can find these online for just a few bucks. But it can be difficult to polish tiny and delicate pieces with even the finest cloth. For this reason, using a liquid solution rather than a cloth or a paste could be more efficient and effective. There are several different brands of liquid silver cleaner that cost between about $5 and $15, and you can find them online or even at your local pharmacy in some cases. The only problem is that they often contain caustic chemicals. If you don’t like the strong smell or you’d rather not keep these chemicals in your home, you might try a natural recipe instead.

Simply line a bowl (at least 2 cup liquid capacity) with aluminum foil (shiny side up) and pour 1 tablespoon each of baking soda and salt in the bottom. Slowly add 1½ cup of white vinegar, allowing it to bubble. Then boil a cup of water and add it, stirring to dissolve any remaining particles. Add your silver jewelry and let it sit until sufficiently clean. Then remove it and gently polish it with a soft cloth.

And when you want to clean gold jewelry, you’ll find the process even easier. All you have to do is add a few drops of mild dish soap (like Dawn) to lukewarm water in a bowl before dropping in your gold jewelry. Let it soak for about 15 minutes and then scrub it gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth. Whether you’re wearing one-of-a-kind custom creations in precious metals or you’ll looking to clean up the BodySparkle Body Jewelry you wear every day, you’ll find that DIY cleaning is not only easy, but inexpensive. And the result is beautiful jewelry that will last a lifetime.

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