Every piece of jewelry deserves to be well cleaned. Either it is the regular jewelry piece that your hand is quick to touch when going outor the more unique ones you reserve for special occasions, none can do without being cleaned.
They may be all sparkly and glittery at the start when you just got them but as time goes by and use increases, they begin to accumulate dust and grime on their surfaces and crevices.
Invariably, the jewelry piece loses its beauty if not properly and promptly cleaned and it is not very wise to wait till when you want to wear it before cleaning it all up.
The good news is that what you require to clean most of your jewelry are materials you can easily lay your hands on within your house. That easy huh? Absolutely! And in this article, we will be talking about how to clean your gold jewelry with vinegar.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry at Home with Vinegar
You may know vinegar to be a common household cleaning item having multiple uses but in this article, we will cover how to use that same cleansing agent in the cleaning of your favorite gold jewelry.
Cleaning with vinegar is perhaps the quickest, easiest and most effective way to clean your gold jewelry no matter the shape, size or texture. It is considered an inexpensive and effective material because of the following reasons;
i) Availability: Vinegar is a readily obtainable material in most homes and can be easily sourced anytime it is needed such as at online stores.
ii) Safe to Use: Compared to some of the chemicals used in cleansing which have been shown to have adverse effects on the users, a pure vinegar solution or a mixed one does not have any negative effect on the user.
iii) Safe for Gold Jewelry: Vinegar will not harm the appearance of the gold in any way. This is because no residue is left when it is used unlike soap and water that though sometimes work, leave a residue that makes the jewelry look dull. Vinegar on the other hand simply removes the grime and dirt from the jewelry and leaves no hassle.
iv) Quick Action: Vinegar removes all the grime, dirt and debris on the jewelry very quickly while also restoring its brilliance.
Now that we have settled that, how do we go about cleaning the dirt and grime off your gold jewelry?
- Create time for the cleaning (You can’t rush this),
- Get all materials needed,
- Get to cleaning.
1. Create time
The whole process for cleaning your gold jewelry will take only five to ten minutes, but you cannot rush it still. Now since the accumulation of dirt and grime is not simply a one-off thing – that you cleaned it last month, it does not mean it won’t get grimy again, it is something you will need to do set a fairly regular time for.
Assign a period to clean your jewelry and mark it on your schedule. It could be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on the frequency of use and storage method. Choose the one that fits.
2. Get all materials needed
In cleaning your gold jewelry with vinegar, you will require the following items:
- Vinegar (of course)
- Warm water (keep it warm, not hot)
- A jar or bowl
- A soft brush or cloth.
- Baking soda
3. Get to Cleaning
Once you have all the materials you need, it is time to get your jewelry out of its box and follow the following steps to make your own homemade jewelry cleaner using vinegar.
Cleaning Gold with Vinegar Only
- Pour a moderate amount of vinegar into a bowl or jar.
- Immerse the piece of jewelry into the bowl provided it is gold-only jewelry, that is, a piece of jewelry that is made without embellishment with other materials such as diamond or silver. Ensure no area overlaps one another to allow for equal exposure of the jewelry to the fast-acting nature of vinegar.
- Leave it in for about five minutes.
- Bring out the jewelry piece from the vinegar and using a piece of soft, clean cloth, gently wipe the vinegar off the surface.
- Drying will happen fast and then you can store your jewelry back in its box, ready for its next use.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Two different methods can be used to clean your gold jewelry when you add baking soda with the vinegar.
- Pour the vinegar in a bowl and add in some baking soda. Pour vinegar only enough to form a paste with the vinegar and not anything watery.
- Mix the vinegar and baking soda thoroughly to break lumps and achieve the paste texture.
- With a soft brush, rub the paste all over your gold Do this until every inch is covered with the paste.
- Leave the jewelry to stand on a clean dry surface for two to three minutes.
- Rinse your jewelry with warm water and wipe it dry with a clean soft handkerchief.
- Store appropriately.
There, you have your sparkly gold jewelry right in your hand.
It’s similar to method 1, but with a little bit of shaking things up.
- Make a paste using two tablespoons of baking soda and warm water only. Do not add vinegar.
- Pour an amount of vinegar in another bowl and let your jewelry sit inside this bowl for five to seven minutes. Ensure the jewelry is well spread out to ensure every area is evenly reached, and let the vinegar cover the jewelry completely.
- Remove the jewelry from the vinegar and then using the baking soda paste made in the first bowl; cover every inch of the jewelry using a soft brush.
- Rinse the jewelry with water and wipe clean with a dry cloth without smudging the surface.
- Allow drying and keep away safely.
Precautions in Cleaning Gold and Diamond Jewelry with Vinegar
Vinegar is acidic. As such, it cannot be used with all types of jewelry materials.
While it is useful in the cleaning of gold-only pieces, do not use it where there are gemstones, pearls, and diamonds as the solution can end up dissolving the natural protective layer (or enamel) of the other metals.
Where materials other than gold form embellishments on your jewelry, ensure you do not use vinegar. Baking soda works for those as it is basic in nature.
Thanks to vinegar, your gold jewelry need never lose their appeal. Are you ready to clean your gold jewelry? There is no better time to start than now. Do not forget to be careful so you do not harm your precious jewelry. Have fun taking care of this jewelry you spent so much to get because you deserve to enjoy wearing it.