cleaning your fashion jewelry at home

Frustrated with tarnished chains, rusty necklaces and dingy pearls? You’re not alone.

Because contact with makeup, heat and air may dull and darken your favorite fashion jewelry, budget-seeking fashionistas will need a quick guide to clean fashion jewelry without spending a lot of cash.

While cleaning your baubles and bling bling may be as easy as applying a clean polishing cloth to shine your jewels, you can use common household products to clean your jewelry at home. No need to give your jeweler a call for a quick cleaning — you can clean and restore your jewelry at home…for less.

Things You’ll Need to Clean Fashion Jewelry:

  • Cornstarch
  • Alcohol
  • Talcum powder
  • Warm water
  • Towel
  • Cold water
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild liquid detergent or soap
  • Woolite
  • Cotton bag
  • Ammonia
  • Jeweler's cloth

Make your pearls shine and gleam.

Combine 1 tablespoon of mild liquid soap or Woolite in a cup of warm water. Immerse your pearls in the sudsy mixture for 20 to 30 seconds. Gently dab your pearls with a clean cloth to remove excess moisture.

Lay your precious jewels flat on a small towel to dry. To prevent scratching of the surface, store your pearls in a small cotton jewelry

pouch — away from your other jewelry.

Remove kinks out of your chains.

For tangled and knotted chains, first sprinkle them talcum powder or cornstarch to untangle.

If your knot is large or particularly too tight, push a small straight stick pin through the middle of the tangled metal. Turn and twist the pin gently to free the tangle from the knotted chain.

To avoid discoloring and tarnishing of your favorite fashion jewelry, store your baubles in a padded box or velvet-lined jewelry sleeve after each wearing.

Clean your gold fashion jewelry with an ammonia solution.

Want to spruce up your friendship jewelery before a party?

Mix 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent (like Dove or Dawn), 2 cups of warm water and 1 to 4 drops of ammonia into a plastic bowl. Soak your gold chains, rings or bracelets in the solution for a max of 10 minutes.

Finally, rinse the jewelry in warm water to get rid of the ammonia residue. Rinse your gold jewelry in alcohol to add shine.

Secure loose stones with super glue.

Apply 2 to 3 drops of clear glue to the bottom of your loose stone. Be careful not allow the sticky substance to harden or overflow on top of your stone.

Don't have a calm or steady hand? Add glue to the bottom  of the stone with a clean toothpick.

Clean your silver chains, bracelets and earrings with 4 to 5 drops of liquid soap and 2 cups of lukewarm water.

Rinse your silver in a cold stream of running water, and then blot with a dry towel. For stubborn stains, mix up a  paste of three parts baking soda with one part water.

First, wet your silver jewelry with a stream of cold water from your faucet. Smooth the baking soda and water paste on the jewelry with a soft and clean cloth. Rinse your jewelry completely and dry on a flat small towel.

When you are on a budget, you want to preserve your precious jewels, without paying additional money for upkeep and maintenance. Thanks to these tips, you can clean your gold, silver or pearl jewelry at home for less!

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