CLEANING YOUR BLING
General Directions: Before cleaning your jewelry examine it carefully to make sure that all settings, clasps and prongs are secure. Always clean jewelry in a dish rather than in the sink. It is so easy to lose small jewelry pieces down the drain. Rinse pieces well, unless otherwise indicated and dry well with a soft cloth and then allow to sit and air dry.
Put some warm water into a dish and soak for a few minutes. Drop the piece into a dish containing window cleaner, swish back and forth in the window cleaner and let soak for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well in warm water, again scrubbing with the toothbrush. Dry well. Yearly take diamond rings to a jeweler for cleaning and to check the prongs and setting.
Gently massage old fashion white toothpaste into the piece with your fingers. Scrub gently with a clean toothbrush. Rinse really well, using a toothbrush to get into all the recessed areas. Allow to dry on a soft cloth.
Put a squeeze of dishwashing soap into a cup of warm water. Let the piece soak a few minutes to remove body oil and soil and then scrub with a clean toothbrush. Rinse well and buff with a soft cloth.
Place a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic bucket or container. Lay your silver jewelry on the foil and pour over enough hot water to cover the pieces well. Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and let stand for about 10 – 20 minutes. Rinse the pieces well and dry and buff with a soft cloth. This method is NOT for other types of jewelry.
NATURAL CLEANING GUIDE FOR GOLD, SILVER & COSTUME JEWELRY
Put jewelry into shallow bowl, and add water, along with one Alka-Seltzer tablet. Let this stand for 5 minutes. Rinse and wipe until dry.
Place straight white vinegar onto a soft cloth and wipe jewelry.
Grease and body oils can be removed by dipping jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol. Use an old toothbrush to help remove dirt in small places on each piece. Inexpensive vodka also works