Warning over jewellery cleaning hack

By Neil Shaw

Experts have issued a warning over a jewellery cleaning hack, saying it could cause permanent damage.

Users have been taking to TikTok to show how they leave their jewellery sparkling with a few household items.

But experts say the hidden damage will be difficult to repair.

Sarah Rowlands at Pandora said: “The most popular cleaning hack taking TikTok by storm over the past week has been putting your jewellery in an aluminium foil-lined bowl with a mixture of baking soda, salt and boiling water. While the immediate results of this hack can appear very effective at cleaning your jewellery, the baking soda is a very harsh and abrasive ingredient that will scratch your delicate jewellery.

“With continued use of this method you can expect your jewellery to become more and more damaged, especially in the case of plated jewellery as you will gradually notice erosion of the plating.

“Even just using boiling water can be a risky choice as this may encourage your gems or stones to dislodge as the heat melts the bonding glue keeping them securely in place.

“Another popular idea you should give a miss is using an old toothbrush to scrape away the dirt that accumulates in the intricate gaps of your jewellery. Again, this is much too harsh for your precious metals, and, not to mention, spreads bacteria from the old toothbrush to your jewellery.

“The best way to keep your jewellery in perfect condition is an annual service with a professional jeweller. These are the best people for the job to give it a professional, safe clean and they’ll also check the stone settings to make sure nothing is loose or at risk of falling out.

“For regular maintenance, jewellery cleaning solutions are a quick two-minute dip with liquid that is specifically formulated with gentle, non-abrasive surfactants to clean your jewellery without causing damage. You should also buff your jewellery with a polishing cloth every now and then to keep on top of any tarnish that naturally occurs with exposure to the air. This will keep your jewellery shining with minimal effort.

“However, if you’re in need of a quick on the spot fix, the safest hack to clean up a dirty piece of jewellery is to place it in lukewarm water with some washing-up liquid and leave to soak. If you have a new, soft bristle brush then gently brush over your jewellery focusing on any nooks and crannies and only rinse with warm water.”


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