From layering up on gold pendants to accessorizing pretty much any outfit with the coolest statement earrings, we always consult our jewelry box staples to finish off all our outfits. If you love a good piece of jewelry as much as we do, then you know the importance of keeping each piece as clean and sparkling as possible. You would think we would want to take extra-good care of the diamonds, platinum, gold, and whatever other investment pieces we accessorize with—but more often than not, cleaning jewelry often finds itself way down toward the bottom of our fashion to-do lists.
If making trips to your local jeweler isn’t exactly your idea of an ideal Saturday either, we’ve got some useful solutions for you. Did you know that you can actually clean your jewels with household products? Believe it or not, there are five items you probably have in your home as we speak—and if you too keep the occasional six-pack of beer in your fridge, you’re about to learn how to clean jewelry by putting that beer collection to good use. Yes, you read that correctly. Beer (along with another common hard liquor) is among the easiest ways to clean off tarnished golds, silvers and other common jewelry metals. You might be wondering if these unexpected items are safe to use on your fine jewelry, too, and the answer is yes—club soda does wonders for your diamonds and other precious stones.
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Crack open a Corona the next time you want to clean your 14-karat gold! Splash a small amount of beer onto a cloth, then rub it across your gold pieces to remove any tarnish or other dirt. This works best with light or (at most) amber-colored beers—sorry, Yuengling lovers.
This is the easiest of our tricks, and possibly the one that works the best on gemstones. For all your diamonds, sapphires, and any other precious gems, pour yourself a glass of club soda, drop your jewelry in, and simply let it sit overnight. Take note of how much more sparkly your diamonds are the next day!
File this one away under super weird—but if you have any silver jewelry pieces that don’t get clean with the white vinegar trick, you can use ketchup to remove excess dirt and tarnish. The reason it works? Ketchup has extremely high acidity levels that can eat away at caked-on grit. If your silver jewelry is being especially difficult, use an old toothbrush to apply the ketchup and give it a good scrubbing.
As it turns out, one of our favorite spirits can also help lift our spirits! Because of its ability to corrode other materials, vodka can be used on glass and anything crystalline in nature to remove dirt and grunge. (Yes, this means it’s fine for both diamonds and diamond-like glass stones!) Give your stones a good scrub with a vodka-soaked cloth, and you’re all set. Vodka: It’s not just a great way to wind down after a long day at work anymore.
This one’s an old trick that you may actually be familiar with from learning how to care for silverware. If you have any jewelry that’s pure silver, you can soak it in a mixture of 1⁄2 a cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for about two to three hours; when you pull it out, it will be like brand new!
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This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.