Wedding jewellery is a prized possession of every bride and she has truckloads of happy memories associated with it. From the gorgeous heavy jhumkas to the extravagant Naulakha Haar, the alluring jewellery makes a bride look gorgeous on her special day and thus we feel they deserve special care and attention.
To take proper care of the pieces of jewellery, you are required to clean them at regular intervals. Often your busy schedule impedes you from getting them polished and with time, they lose their luster and shine.
If you are on the lookout for easy ways to maintain the luster of your wedding jewellery, then you have landed at the correct place. We have curated a list of simple and inexpensive hacks for cleaning your jewel pieces.
Pro Tip: Your wedding jewellery is quite precious and therefore before you clean them using various ingredients, we recommend doing spot testing just to be on the safer side.
Scroll through to learn about a few trusted home hacks to restore the glam-factor of your valuable wedding jewellery.
Diatomaceous Earth powder has multiple uses. It can be used as an effective jewellery cleaner as it has various useful cleansing properties. It is a fantastic abrasive for cleaning and polishing metals, including silver and pewter. Dip a cotton ball in Diatomaceous Earth and then rub your jewel piece with this cotton ball. Keep rubbing gently until the dirt particles are removed.
Most of us love to sip aerated drinks but we are sure that your favourite cold drink can not only quench your thirst but can also clean your silver jewellery pieces. Pour some carbonated drink into a bowl and then place the silver jewellery in it. Allow it to soak in it for up to 2-3 hours. You will be surprised to see the shine and shimmer of your jewellery. It will appear as if it’s coming straight away from the jewellery shop.
Baking soda is easily available in the kitchen and it serves as a great ingredient to clean your jewellery. Mix three parts of baking soda to one part of water and dip your tarnished jewellery to the mixture. Soak your jewellery in the solution for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the item in cool water to remove the baking soda and residue. Pat the jewellery dry with a clean towel.
Lemon & Salt
Lemon has acidic properties that can easily remove dirt from your jewellery. Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a few drops of pure lemon juice and a teaspoon of salt. Submerge your copper jewellery in the mixture. Let the jewellry soak for 20 minutes, then rinse the jewellery thoroughly under running water.
We know you love the tangy-sweet taste of ketchup, but did it ever strike your mind that the yummy ketchup can clean your wedding jewel pieces perfectly? Pour a spoon of ketchup on your tarnished jewel pieces and rub it properly for about a minute. Wash with water and let it dry for a while. You will be surprised to see how your jewellery becomes shiny and looks brand new.
Your basic laundry detergent can wonderfully clean your valuable jewellery. Mix a teaspoon of detergent in water. Put the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for one minute. Rinse well and let it dry. Detergent can beautifully remove oil and other stains from your jewellery.
Take a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush with soft bristles. Gently rub the toothbrush on your jewellery piece to remove dirt from it. Toothpaste has certain cleansing properties that help in removing oil and dirt from pieces of jewellery and makes them shiny.
Vinegar is yet another highly effective jewellery cleaner. Pour white vinegar into a bowl and dip your jewellery into the bowl. Allow the jewellery to soak for about 15 minutes and swish it around every few minutes to agitate it. Remove the piece of jewellery and then dry it with a cloth piece.
The pandemic has already highlighted the importance of sanitiser and everyone carries a bottle of it, wherever they go. The sanitiser surely has been effective enough to kill the bacteria and virus but this effective product can also help in cleaning your jewellery pieces. Pour a significant amount of sanitiser on your dirty jewel pieces and rub them thoroughly and in a few minutes, you will witness that your jewellery is emitting a beautiful shine.
Ammonia can also be used as an ingredient to clean your valuable jewel pieces. A mixture of ammonia, dish soap, and water can be used to clean your diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other hard stones. You can also use a diluted solution of Ammonia to clean silver, platinum, and gold.
Whenever you have a stomach ache or suffer from acidity, then Antacid is your best escape. And now you can also grab 2 spoons of antacid to clean your beautiful ornaments. Antacids have certain properties that can easily restore the shine of your beautiful jewel pieces.
Spread a clean piece of foil paper on a tray and place your jewellery on it. Sprinkle a tiny amount of baking soda and pour boiling water over them. Keep them soaked for at least 10-15 mins and then clean them with a piece of cloth.
You can also use dishwashing detergent or liquid soap to remove grit, oil, and dirt from your jewel pieces. Pour 2-3 drops of liquid soap on the jewellery piece and rub it gently with a soft toothbrush. Gently rub the jewellery piece until the dirt is removed.
Tamarind Paste can not only enhance the taste of your favourite dish but can also restore the shine of jewel pieces. Tamarind contains citric acid that can remove grime from silver jewellery. Soak a piece of Tamarind in a bowl of water for about 20 mins. Dip the jewellery piece in the bowl and then rub it with a soft brush or a piece of cloth.
Many of you love to chug a chilled can of beer and tbh we love it too. But your favourite beer can also clean your jewellery and make them look brand new. Pour a can of beer in a container and dip your jewel pieces into it. Keep them soaked for a while and then rub them with a clean piece of cloth. You will be amazed to see the results.
Alka Seltzer is said to be a great cleaner for diamonds and other hard stones. All you need to do is to place your jewelry in a small glass with water, drop a tablet or two of Alka-Seltzer depending on how much water and jewelry you're cleaning, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Well, your kitchen is surely the best place to fetch pocket-friendly and effective jewellery cleaners. Now that you know all about these ingredients, we suggest opening up your lockers and cleaning your precious jewellery pieces. And if you find these tricks useful, share them with your near and dear ones and you can thank us later *wink* *wink*.