Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bling Wash!

Let's be honest, cleaning my jewelry is the last thing that pops into my mind in a day. I rarely think about it until I'm in a store and I see that it desperately needs it.  I do like to get it cleaned once a year at the jewelers to make sure all the prongs are ok. I have had my engagement ring for 16 years, my wedding band for 15 and the other band for 6 years. At first, I would only wear my wedding band and never took it off until I decided to have them saudered together. I just never wanted anything to happen to it or have a stone fall out. But I do wear it when I leave the house so it does get dirty and collects particles in the prongs. The jewelers that Joe purchased it from moved their main location and hour away so it was always hard to take it there and get it cleaned. In the meantime, I bought a jewelry cleaning machine off from QVC, which didn't work and I would buy different spray cleaners, only to leave it dull and tacky. I pretty much would come back home and clean it with a tooth brush and just live with it. Until one day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw Living with Landyn's blog post on her BLING WASH and thought I would try it. It was AMAZING!!!!  She got the idea from a jeweler in Seattle after taking her ring to get it cleaned. The jeweler there told her to use this solution. SO I tried it and my ring has never been so shiny. The solution brought my ring back to that JUST ENGAGED look. You can immediately see particles floating around once you submerge it in the solution. It is super easy and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. I like to clean mine once a month on a Sunday when I do a face mask or any self care routine. 
                                                              Here is what she uses: 
* Windex or any glass cleaner
* a few drops of dish soap, like Dawn
*soft bristle "used" toothbrush
I keep the liquids in a small glass microwavable dish. I used a Pampered Chef one I had, but you can get one at any local store. Make sure it is glass. You will fill the container with 2 cups of Windex, a few drops of dish soap. Without the lid, place the container with solution in the microwave for about 1 minute, WITHOUT THE JEWELRY.  Remove the container and be careful, because it will be hot. Place the jewelry in the container and allow to soak. Again, I usually let them soak for about 20 minutes. If you leave them in for longer, it won't hurt the jewelry because the solution eventually cools. You will probably start to immediately see particles floating around. It is really mind blowing what will end up in the bowl once you take the jewelry out. Gently give the jewelry a brush with the tooth brush and rinse with lukewarm water. Dry with a paper towel and that's it! This works like a charm and my diamond has never been so bright! You can place the lid back on the glass with the solution and use it again. It doesn't have to be fresh solution each time. Head over to Living With Landyn's blog post to see the full story. 
I have only tried this on real diamonds. I'm not sure if it will work on anything other than that. 
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