For most of my life, it never occurred to me to use toothpaste for any purpose other than brushing my teeth. I was one who believed, that everything had a specific purpose, from which you should not deviate. I found out however, that toothpaste has many uses outside the mouth. Toothpaste may be used, to effectively clean jewelry.
My husband and I both prefer 10K white gold, to regular gold jewelry. And have been wearing it for close to 40 years. I noticed that white gold, at times lost it’s luster, so I began using jewelry cleaner. One day I was out of my jar of cleaner, and wondered if there were anything in the house I could use.
This was in the early 1980’s, long before you could click a mouse and have instant answers from the Internet. I was brushing my teeth one morning, and wondered if toothpaste could shine our jewelry, the way it cleans our teeth. I decided to find out.
I applied toothpaste to a soft toothbrush, and gently stroked all of our rings. I then rinsed the jewelry off in warm water. The results were instant, and amazing. Every one of our rings, looked as good as the day they were purchased. Toothpaste has been my jewelry cleaner ever since.
Recently I found out, that Toothpaste is recommended for cleaning not only white gold, but also sterling silver and platinum jewelry. I received a two tone, (white and yellow gold)pendant for Christmas with a diamond in the center. The neck chain however was not white gold, but sterling silver.
I am one whose body chemistry causes sterling silver necklaces to tarnish pretty quickly. As a teen, I heard it said, that fake jewelry will turn green on certain people when they sweat, so in my early years I threw away many silver chains. I had no idea they could be restored.
The first time I wore the necklace I received for Christmas, it turned almost black within 2 hours. I initially thought that perhaps it was not sterling silver, but a cheap metal. I was almost ready to return it to Kay Jewelers, when I researched and found that toothpaste should work.
I applied the toothpaste, scrubbed it with a toothbrush and after rinsing it, my chain looked new again. Keeping sterling silver in a zip lock plastic bag can also keep it from tarnishing. I wish I had known this years earlier.
I have always tried to be careful, when cleaning white gold an silver, not to get the toothpaste on my diamonds. According to Readers Digest however, toothpaste will give diamonds extra shine. By cleaning jewelry with toothpaste, you will save money. You are making use of a product already in your home and do not have to make an additional purchase.