Spring Cleaning Checklist: Jewelry Edition
Does spring give you a sudden urge to clean everything – including your jewelry?
Before you reach for the toothpaste or chemical-laden jewelry cleaner, check out this spring cleaning checklist for jewelry.
How to Spring Clean Your Jewelry
- DON’T clean your jewelry with toothpaste. The abrasives can scratch your stones and bands.
- DON’T clean your jewelry over the sink or anywhere with an open drain.
- DO read the labels on jewelry cleaners, using only on the intended metal and gemstones.
- DO use warm water, mild dish soap and a soft bristle toothbrush to get in hard-to-reach areas.
- DO visit your jeweler at least once a year for a professional cleaning and inspection.
Watch a demonstration of the safest way to clean your jewelry at home. Then, download our free guide for even more jewelry cleaning and care tips.
When to Remove Your Jewelry
While jewelry hazards lurk year round, spring brings its own crop of activities dangerous to jewelry.
Remove your jewelry when:
- Gardening. It's not just dirt that's a problem. Many a ring has been flung off with a glove, too.
- Cleaning. Bleach and other heavy-duty cleaners can wear away at precious metals.
- Exercising. Ready to pick up that tennis racket or golf club? Put down those rings first.
If you ever find yourself debating whether or not an activity could damage your jewelry, remember: better safe than sorry. Just make sure you put that jewelry away somewhere safe!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published May 15, 2014 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.