If your favorite jewelry's seen better days, there's something you can do about it — besides selling it on eBay for a song. Most of us probably have these common cleaning ingredients already sitting in our kitchen cabinets. That's right — sometimes soap and water (and maybe ammonia and aluminum foil) are enough to get a grungy ring or bracelet looking totally brand new again.
But remember: Methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls. Use soap and water only. For the rest of your baubles, you can shine them up with one of these handy jewelry-cleaning hacks.
That diamond isn't going to keep its sparkle all on its own. Soak diamond jewelry in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime, especially in the crevices of the setting and underneath the diamond.
Cleaning your gold and gemstone jewelry couldn't be easier with white vinegar. Simply drop the jewelry into a jar of vinegar and let sit for 10 to15 minutes, agitating occasionally. Remove and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush, if necessary.
Next Up: Antacid
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!