There are many reasons we should keep our earrings clean, and these range from avoiding getting an infection to maintaining our earrings at their best looking and dazzling state. Earrings spend all day in contact with our skin and regardless how expensive they are, dirty jewelry can cause infections. If your piercings are new and if your earrings are not properly sanitized they can easily cause an infection. Today we’re summing up simple tried & true methods for taking care of your earrings at home.
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French Gold and Diamond Earrings[/caption]
You Must Sanitize Earrings You’re Wearing If Your Piercings Are New
Before you start, wash your hands thoroughly with a soap to prevent infection from bacteria that can spread to piercings. It's much easier to remove your earrings to disinfect them, so remove your earrings from your ears, if possible (if you just got your ears pierced, you shouldn't remove the earrings for at least six weeks otherwise the holes might close). Next, simply dip a cotton pad in hydrogen peroxide or antibiotic ointment and wipe the front and back of the earrings with the cotton pad (if the earrings are still in your ears, rotate them carefully as you wipe). That’s it, you’re done!
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Gübelin Sapphire Diamond Gold Earrings[/caption]
Hydrogen Peroxide For Jewelry Cleaning
Hydrogen peroxide is a great solution for all your jewelry cleaning needs. It’s inexpensive, and readily available at your nearest pharmacy. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a disinfectant and washes away grime. If, in addition to sanitizing, your earrings need a quick sprucing up, put some peroxide on a cotton pad, then carefully use the pad to clean all over the earring.
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Tambetti Citrine 18K Gold Earrings[/caption]
The Easiest And Quickest Way to Clean Jewelry
The easiest and quickest way to clean jewelry known to mankind is to simply immerse your earrings in a warm soapy solution, keep it there for a few minutes, then rinse and wipe with a soft cloth. This method is suitable for removing small dirt, and if you resort to it regularly you will need nothing else to keep all your earrings clean.
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Tiffany & Co. Mother of Pearl Opal 18K Gold Earrings[/caption]
Choose The Right Fabric For Gold
Opt for soft suede or velvet fabric to wipe and clean golden earrings. These fabrics will not damage gold--gold can be easily scratched. Also a good option is a microfiber--this is a fabric that is often used for cleaning glasses and camera lenses. To clean golden earrings
well you can also use an ammonia solution (25% or more): add a teaspoon of ammonia to a warm water and immerse your earrings in the solution; leave them there for half an hour. Then rinse well and pat dry. This cleaning method is very effective, also inexpensive, though an unpleasant smell is certainly a downside.
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Seidengang Byzantine Diamond Gold Earrings[/caption]
Watch Out For The Precious Stones
Regular vinegar is also credited with awesome cleaning abilities. While it’s good for cleaning gold, you should not use it if your earrings have precious stones in them. The precious stones can lose their luster, gloss and become cloudy due to a reaction with vinegar.
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Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Gold Earrings[/caption]