DIY Jewelry Hacks on a Budget
Bringing you new uses for old things because we believe in repurposing and reusing. Here are some hacks that might be right under your sink or in your fridge. Try any or all of these tricks to keep your favorite gems looking shiny, new, and in order:
💅🏼 Use clear nail polish to prevent tarnish: Tarnish is a common problem with silver jewelry, but you can prevent it by coating your pieces with a layer of clear nail polish. This will help create a barrier between the metal and the air, preventing oxidation and slowing down the tarnishing process. Blooh jewelry already comes coated for extra protection. Read more here for instructions and other inspiration
- 🍅 Clean jewelry with ketchup: Believe it or not, ketchup is an effective and affordable way to clean your silver jewelry. Simply apply a small amount of ketchup to a soft cloth, rub it onto your jewelry, and rinse it off with warm water. The acid in the tomatoes helps to dissolve tarnish and restore shine. Diluted lemon or a drop of dish soap in water works just as fine.
🧉 Use a straw to keep necklaces tangle-free: Tangled necklaces can be frustrating to deal with, but you can prevent them by threading the chain through a straw before you pack it away. This will keep the chain straight and prevent it from getting tangled with other jewelry. Read more here for a visual reference.
- 👛 Store jewelry in a repurposed egg carton: Egg cartons are a great way to keep your jewelry organized and tangle-free. Simply place each piece in a separate compartment and close the lid. This also makes it easy to find what you're looking for without having to dig through a messy jewelry box. Get creative with colors and paints to elevate the look. Read more on this blog
🧶 Use baby powder to remove knots: If your necklace or bracelet gets knotted up, don't panic! Simply sprinkle some baby powder onto the knots and gently work them out with a sewing needle or toothpick. The powder will help to lubricate the chain, making it easier to untangle. Here is a visual reference
- ✏️ Use a pencil eraser to remove scratches: Scratches can be a common problem with metal and some gemstones, but you can often remove them with a simple pencil eraser. Gently rub the eraser over the scratch in a circular motion, being careful not to apply too much pressure. The eraser should help to buff out the scratch, leaving your jewelry looking as good as new. This hack works particularly well on softer metals like gold and silver, and can also be effective for removing scuff marks from leather jewelry.
These are just a few of the many jewelry hacks out there that can help you keep your favorite pieces looking their best. We have used many of these at the Blooh office when sampling or for our own personal pieces. With a little creativity and some simple household items, you can easily maintain the shine and beauty in your wardrobe.