This is a little chore that many people don't think about doing. It never occurred to me to do this until I went to one of those in-home jewelry parties. The consultant explained the importance of cleaning your jewelry regularly to keep it well maintained. Hmmm. . . makes sense. I won a party favor that night that helps me keep my jewelry clean. It is a cloth very much like this one. I keep it in my jewelry box and use it to wipe my jewelry off before I store it.
If you don't want to purchase a treated cloth, you can use several homemade cleaners. Here are a few:
1. For pearls, simply wipe after each wearing with a soft cloth. Don't ever soak your stands of pearls as it will damage them.
2. For silver, dip a cloth in baking soda and rub the silver. Buff with a clean cloth.
3. For gold, soak the item in a water and ammonia mixture (1:1 ratio) for 1/2 hour. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. You can also soak items in a bowl of water with a few drops of dish detergent in it.
To keep your jewelry from getting too gunked up be sure to apply lotions, powder, perfume, or hair spray before putting on your items. Also, don't ever wear your jewelry in chlorinated water like a pool because it can damage the finish.