Pandora hits back at viral Tik Tok cleaning hack that warns users it can cause harm

Pandora hits back at viral Tik Tok cleaning hack that warns users it can cause harm

Tik Tok has taught us many things over the years, such as how to cook the famous baked feta pasta, peel bananas from the bottom, numbers on a toaster mean how many minutes without a toast level and, of course, a long list of cleaning hacks.

We may have learned clever ways to clean our homes, but there’s one cleaning hack that can actually cause damage rather than fix it, and experts have now issued a warning.

A video went viral showing fans how to easily clean their jewelry by placing it in an aluminum foil-lined bowl containing a mixture of baking soda, salt and boiling water.

The jewelry came out sparkly, but while the immediate results seemed effective, the baking soda is actually very hard and will scratch and ruin your delicate jewelry.



Tik Tok video went viral showing viewers how to clean their jewelry
A Tik Tok video went viral showing viewers how to clean their jewelry

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Pandora jewelry expert Sarah Rowlands explains: “If you continue to use this method, you can expect to see more and more damage to your jewelry, especially in the case of gold-plated jewelry, as you will gradually notice erosion of the plating.

“Even using only boiling water can be a risky choice as it can cause your gems or stones to loosen as the heat melts the adhesive and holds them securely in place.

Another popular idea that you should miss is using an old toothbrush to scrape away the grime that accumulates in the intricate gaps of your jewelry. Again, this is way too harsh on your precious metals, not to mention , it spreads bacteria from the old toothbrush to your jewelry.



Pandora advises you to take their jewelry to a good jeweler for cleaning
Pandora advises you to take their jewelry to a good jeweler for cleaning

“The best way to keep your jewelry in perfect condition is an annual service from a professional jeweler. These are the best people for the job to give it a professional safe cleaning and they will also check the stone settings to make sure nothing is loose or at risk of falling out.

“For regular maintenance, jewelry cleaning solutions are a quick two-minute immersion with liquid specially formulated with gentle, non-abrasive surfactants to clean your jewelry without causing damage.”

You should also polish your jewelry occasionally with a polishing cloth to prevent any tarnishing that naturally occurs with exposure to the air. This keeps your jewelry shiny with minimal effort.



Pandora recommends that you use soapy water when washing jewelry at home
Pandora recommends that you use soapy water when washing jewelry at home

“However, if you need a quick on-site repair, the safest way to clean up a dirty piece of jewelry is to soak it in lukewarm water with some dish soap,” Sarah added.

“If you have a new soft brush, gently brush over your jewelry concentrating on all the nooks and crannies and rinse with warm water only.”

So that’s a lesson learned – don’t trust everything you see on Tik Tok and if in doubt, consult an expert first.

You can view Pandora’s full demonstration here.

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