Whilst there are a number of products specifically designed for the purpose of cleaning jewellery, these are often expensive. Thankfully there are a number of handy alternative options using simple household items that you already possess. Here, we run through just a couple of them.
Silver – Toothpaste: This one is particularly effective, and will remove all tarnish and restore a healthy shine without scratching or damaging your item. Tubes of toothpaste with bicarbonate of soda are the best as any abrasion is so mild it won’t leave scratches or marks, just a perfect polish. Simply rub toothpaste over the area you want to clean, wait a few moments, and then buff off with a clean cloth. For difficult-to-reach areas (such as hallmarks) you can even use a toothbrush!
Gold – Washing up liquid: Being much softer than silver, you’ll need a different solution for gold – but you’ll be pleased to know that a toothbrush is still a valuable tool. Go for the softest type of brush, as this will give the best finish without marks. Then simply soak your gold items in warm water with a few drops of washing up liquid for about 15 minutes, and buff away.