I used to do a lot of cleaning when I was a student at college, and one of the jobs I did during semester breaks included cleaning brass foot treads on a few sets of stairs using the good old 'Brasso' cleaner. That stuff was potent! Most jewellery cleaners include very similar ingredients which can sting your nose and make your eyes water. But, there is a super simple way to restore the shine to your jewellery and remove tarnish that involves three simple household products: water, washing soda/baking soda, and aluminium foil. That's it!
I posted a video on this jewellery cleaning method years ago on YouTube. It continues to be my most viewed and commented on video. This method works on many types of jewellery; from white gold to yellow gold, sterling silver and most costume jewellery. Of course if you have some special heirloom jewellery with old stones or pearls, I would recommend taking it to a professional to be on the safe side.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
• Aluminium foil
• 1 tbsp Washing soda or baking soda (I find washing soda best)
• Boiling water
Line a glass bowl/dish with aluminium foil
Add 1 tbsp of washing soda to the bowl
Pour in boiling water so that it will cover your jewellery. You can add multiple items at the same time.
Let jewellery soak for up to a minute.
Remove using tongs so you don't burn yourself, and polish with a soft cloth.
To watch this process in action, see the video below: