When buying jewellery from a vintage clothing and accessory seller, you'll know the pieces you buy are cleaned and ready to wear. But readers, how do you clean second hand earrings from flea markets, opportunity shops, or thrift stores?
I must admit that my own second hand earring purchases have been somewhat minimal, only that I'm more of an earring admirer than wearer, however, a few months ago I did buy a pair of black and white earrings to match an outfit, $1 for the pair, from an opportunity shop in Hampton. So do I do to clean my earrings and make them suitable for wear?
There is a great article on readers digest '12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry' which lists cleaning suggestions such as Alka-Seltzer, denture tablets and even beer!
My personal choice is age old white vinegar, which is often used for household cleaning, laundry aid, and much more. White vinegar provides an excellent eco-friendly alternative to chemical substances, with its long history of use as an antibacterial agent.
I placed my op shopped dollar earrings in a glass of white vinegar, just enough to cover them, left them for half a day, rinsed with water, and dried with a clean tea towel.
Readers, do you buy second hand earrings, or does the thought make you feel a little queasy? A similar discussion perhaps to buying second hand swimwear?