How to Clean Jewelry
How to Clean Jewelry
Whether you're always wearing a piece of jewelry or you keep it safely tucked away in a jewelry box, its shine and luster are sure to diminish over time. Oil from your skin, body lotions, perfumes, and makeup, as well as everyday dirt, can accumulate over time and make metals and stones appear dingy and flat.
Jewelry can be expensive, so it's important that you take good care of it. Many do-it-yourself (DIY) jewelry cleaners contain slightly abrasive ingredients, such as baking soda, or harsh soaps and detergents. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is non-abrasive and non-corrosive, so it will not wear down gold or sterling silver jewelry. It's also non-toxic and clean-rinsing so you don't need to worry about skin irritation from any cleaner residue.
- Wet: Run your jewelry under clean water. Wetting the pieces first will ensure the Simple Green can better penetrate the soils. Be sure to avoid hot or boiling water, especially if your jewelry contains fragile precious stones. Drastic temperature changes can cause stones to crack more easily. It can also cause metal to expand, loosening settings.
TIP: When you're rinsing your jewelry, use a kitchen strainer to make sure you don't accidentally drop any pieces down the drain.
- Soak: Pour full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into a cup or jar. Allow the jewelry to soak in it for about 10 minutes.
- Scrub: If necessary, gently scrub away dirt build-up with a soft bristled toothbrush or damp cloth. It's important for the toothbrush bristles to be as soft as possible so they won't scratch the surface.
- Rinse with clean water: Run the jewelry under clean, warm water.
- Pat dry: Dry each piece of jewelry completely with a soft towel. Hard-to-reach crevices can be dried using the cool setting on a hair dryer.
TIP: When you're finished soaking and scrubbing, pour the used Simple Green in the sink. You can use it to quickly wipe down your sink and help deodorize your drain.
Do not use Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner or any other degreaser to clean pearls, opals or emeralds. A degreaser can remove the oils with which these gems are treated, removing their luster and causing damage. We also do not recommend cleaning costume jewelry, gold-plated or gold-filled jewelry – these should be cleaned only with warm water.