Grandma covering her mouth with her hands like she has a secret she wants to tell - Mia Ishaaq

Grandma's Secret Jewellery Cleaning Hacks!

Old Fashion Jewellery Cleaning Hacks Only Your Grandma Knows

Grandmothers have a treasure trove of practical and time-tested solutions for all sorts of problems, including cleaning jewellery. These old-fashioned hacks not only bring back the sparkle to your treasured pieces but also use ingredients you likely already have at home. Let's dive into some of these vintage jewellery cleaning methods that have stood the test of time.
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1. Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil

Method:
  • Line a bowl with aluminum foil, shiny side up.
  • Place your tarnished jewellery on the foil.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the jewellery.
  • Pour hot water over the jewellery and baking soda.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
silver jewellery in the bowl lined with kitchen foil shiny side up - Mia Ishaaq
Why It Works: The chemical reaction between the baking soda, aluminum foil, and hot water removes tarnish by transferring it from the silver to the foil. This hack is especially effective for silver jewellery.
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2. Toothpaste

Method:
  • Use a plain, white, non-gel toothpaste.
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to an old, soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Gently scrub the jewellery with the toothbrush.
  • Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
Why It Works: Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that help remove tarnish and grime without scratching the jewellery.
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3. Vinegar and Baking Soda

Method:
  • Place your jewellery in a bowl.
  • Cover it with white vinegar.
  • Add a few tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Let it sit for 2-3 hours.
  • Rinse with cold water and dry thoroughly.
Why It Works: The combination of vinegar and baking soda creates a powerful cleaning solution that can dissolve tarnish and grime.
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4. Beer

Method:
  • Pour a small amount of beer (not dark beer) onto a soft cloth.
  • Rub the beer onto your gold jewellery.
  • Use a second clean cloth to dry and polish the jewellery.
Why It Works: Beer’s acidity can help remove tarnish from gold jewellery, bringing back its shine.
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5. Boiling Water

Method:
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Place your jewellery in a heatproof bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water over the jewellery.
  • Let it sit until the water cools.
  • Remove the jewellery, rinse with cold water, and dry with a soft cloth.
Why It Works: Boiling water helps to loosen and remove dirt and grime from jewellery, especially from pieces that are heavily soiled.
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6. Salt, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap

Method:
  • Mix one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of baking soda, and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl.
  • Add hot water to the bowl and mix until dissolved.
  • Soak your jewellery in the solution for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and dry with a soft cloth.
Cleaning jewellery with a dish soap water - Mia Ishaaq
Why It Works: This mixture combines the cleaning power of salt and baking soda with the grease-cutting properties of dish soap, making it effective for cleaning a variety of jewellery types.
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7. Club Soda

Method:
  • Place your jewellery in a glass of club soda.
  • Let it soak overnight.
  • Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
Why It Works: The carbonation in club soda can help lift dirt and grime from the surface of your jewellery.
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Conclusion

These old-fashioned jewellery cleaning hacks are simple, effective, and use ingredients you likely already have at home. Whether you're dealing with tarnished silver, dull gold, or grimy gemstones, these grandmother-approved methods can help restore your pieces to their former glory. Next time your jewellery needs a good clean, try one of these timeless tricks!
For more detailed information and tips, you can visit Good Housekeeping and Real Simple.
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