Have you ever noticed that over time that piece of jewelry you wear day in and day out slowly loses its brilliant shine? Or have you ever put away a beautiful sterling silver necklace, only find it looking like someone dipped it in a vat of charcoal dust the next time you pull it out?
I have a favorite bracelet that I wear nearly every day. I’ll admit, I am TERRIBLE about properly storing it at the end of each day. I
chuck it gently and lovingly place it on my desk each night because by the time I take it off at around 10:00 I’m too lazy to spend the extra ten seconds putting in a little plastic ziplock bag.
Let me tell you, sterling silver (and most metals for that matter) + oxygen don’t mix.
I won’t get into why jewelry tarnishes over time because, a) that would make for a very boring blog post, and b) my understanding of chemical reactions dates back to 1998.
But what I will do is share with you my down ‘n dirty secret for giving my jewelry back its brilliant shine.
And I’ll give you a hint: it doesn’t involve polishing cloths, or nausea-inducing jewelry dips. (Seriously, that sh*t smells disgusting.)
In fact, you probably have most of these items at home. (And if not, you can easily get them at your local pharmacy or grocery store.)
Are you ready?
How to cheaply and easily clean your jewelry at home
See? Easy peasy.
I have used this method successfully for cleaning my sterling silver jewelry, as well as silver plated & gold plated jewelry. Just be careful when cleaning any non-metal embellishments.
What’s your secret for cleaning your jewelry?
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