How can someone remove heavy tarnish from costume jewelry?


Quick Answer

Someone who wants to remove heavy tarnish from silver plated costume jewelry should combine aluminum tin foil, water and salt, then place the jewelry inside the solution. Other types of costume jewelry require a different approach.

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To remove heavy tarnish from costume jewelry:

  1. Line the bottom of a washing up bowl with aluminum tin foil
  2. Fill the bowl with water and add about 4 tablespoons of salt
  3. Place the jewelry on top of the aluminum tin foil, and the chemical reaction causes the tarnish to disappear

To clean rhinestones that look old and worn out:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water and add some washing up liquid to it
  2. Place the jewelry in the warm water, leave it to soak for a few minutes, then take a toothbrush and clean it while the rhinestone is still submerged
  3. Rinse and allow the jewelry to dry before wearing it again or storing it

There are ways to care for costume jewelry to prevent tarnishing:

  1. Prevent costume jewelry from coming into contact with water, which causes discoloration. Avoid wearing it while bathing or washing the dishes
  2. When going to sleep, store the jewelry carefully rather than wearing it. Wearing it increases the risk of scratching
  3. If the jewelry features crystals, wipe it with a damp cloth periodically to maintain their shine
  4. When applying lotions or sprays, remove the jewelry
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