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I love wearing jewelry, but I don’t like how it loses its shine after a while. Some of the reasons it gets dull include exposure to oils on your skin or simply by exposure to the air or water. Perfume, hair spray or exposure to cleaning products can do the same thing.
How to Make Your Own Jewelry Cleaner
While costume jewelry is less expensive than the more costly items with real gems and diamonds, I still want it to last as long as possible. There are a few simple steps you can take to make your costume jewelry look better for longer. Prevention goes a lot way toward making your jewelry last as long as possible.
- If you’re near water whether that’s at the beach, showering or washing dishes, remove your jewelry and set it aside, so it doesn’t get wet. The same holds true for when you’re cleaning with chemicals.
- Apply lotion, perfume and hair spray before you put your jewelry on. If you put your jewelry on first, it will attract dirt that will adhere to the surface.
- Store your jewelry in a plastic baggie out of direct sunlight in a jewelry box when you aren’t wearing it.
Be careful when you clean your costume jewelry. It’s not made to last as long as more expensive pieces so the quality won’t be as good. When cleaning costume jewelry, a very small amount of water and a soft microfiber cloth is the best way to clean it. You should never submerge costume jewelry in water or expose it to vinegar or baking soda.
If your expensive jewelry is already dull and needs to be clean, you can learn how to make your own jewelry cleaner by following these simple instructions.
You will need:
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp dish detergent
- 1 cup hot water
- Soft chamois cloth
Line the bowl with the foil and then add the salt, baking soda and dish detergent. Carefully add the hot water and wait for the sizzling to die down a bit. Place your jewelry in the cleaning solution and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the cleaner and rinse under cool water. Pat dry with the soft cloth.
I’ve used this cleaner with my gold and diamonds several times with great results. Please do NOT use this for costume jewelry as the cleaner may loosen the glue.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.