The simple DIY jewellery cleaning hack
1 - What you need
For this clever cleaning hack you'll need a bowl, one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of baking soda, 250ml of hot water, a cloth, an old soft toothbrush and a sheet of aluminium foil.
2 - Ion Transfer
Line the bowl with the foil and then put in the salt, baking soda and detergent followed by the hot water. The concoction will fizz and it's time to drop your jewellery in and watch as a process called an ion transfer cleans the precious metals.
3 - A gentle scrub
Remove your jewellery from the liquid and then gently scrub each individual piece with the soft toothbrush trying to get into every groove, indent and prong you can. Rinse each piece and then pat dry with your cloth. Voila! Your silver, gold and gems are sparkling like new.
Professional jewellery cleaning products
There are a number of great jewellery cleaning products on the market and if you're buying your jewellery new then it pays to talk to your jeweller about the products they would recommend. Most jewellers offer a range of cleaning products from specially prepared liquids to polishing cloths and brushes. An all in one solution is Tiffany's jewellery home care kit.
Ultrasonic jewellery cleaners
Home Ultrasonic jewellery cleaners are popular right now, there are a number of options on the market. These devices suspend your jewellery in a special cleaning liquid and then bombards them with high frequency ultrasound waves in the 20-400 kHz range that will dislodge dirt from your precious jewellery with out harming them. Note that softer gemstones such as pearls, opals, emeralds and turquoise shouldn't cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner as it may damage them. If you're really serious about keeping your precious metals and stones clean then you'll need to get an ultrasonic cleaner.
Professional cleaning services
If you're worried about trying to keep your jewellery clean yourself and scared you might damage your precious and valuable items than using a professional cleaning service the best way to go. Many jewellers such as Micheal Hill offer a jewellery cleaning service free when you purchase a piece of jewellery from them.