If you love a good bauble as much as we do, then you know the importance of making sure you keep them as clean and sparkling as possible. You would think we would want to take extra-good care of the diamonds, platinum, gold, and whatever other investment pieces we drape ourselves with—but more often than not, cleaning jewelry often finds itself way down toward the bottom of our fashion “to-do” lists.
Well, if making trips to your jeweler isn’t exactly your idea of an ideal Saturday, we’ve got some handy solutions for you. You can actually clean your jewels with five household products you probably have in your home as we speak—and if you have a man in the house, you’re about to learn how to put his beer collection to good use.
Crack open a Corona the next time you want to clean your 14-karat gold! Splash a small amount of beer onto a cloth, then rub it across your gold pieces to remove any tarnish or other dirt. This works best with light or (at most) amber-colored beers—sorry, Yuengling lovers.
This is the easiest of our tricks, and possibly the one that works the best on gemstones. For all your diamonds, sapphires, and any other precious gems, pour yourself a glass of club soda, drop your jewelry in, and simply let it sit overnight. Take note of how much more sparkly your diamonds are the next day!
File this one away under super weird—but if you have any silver jewelry pieces that don’t get clean with the white vinegar trick, you can use ketchup to remove excess dirt and tarnish. The reason it works? Ketchup has extremely high acidity levels that can eat away at caked-on grit. If your silver jewelry is being especially difficult, use an old toothbrush to apply the ketchup and give it a good scrubbing.
As it turns out, one of our favorite spirits can also help lift our spirits! Because of its ability to corrode other materials, vodka can be used on glass and anything crystalline in nature to remove dirt and grunge. (Yes, this means it’s fine for both diamonds and diamond-like glass stones!) Give your stones a good scrub with a vodka-soaked cloth, and you’re all set. Vodka: it’s not just a great way to wind down after a long day at work anymore.
This one’s an old trick that you may actually be familiar with from learning how to care for silverware. If you have any jewelry that’s pure silver, you can soak it in a mixture of 1⁄2 a cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for about two to three hours; when you pull it out, it will be like brand new!
Lastly, here are a few tips from Martha Stewart on cleaning your jewelry…really basic stuff