Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to Clean Your Tarnished Alex and Ani Bracelets

It wasn't until my friend Neena made me two new bangles that I noticed just how tarnished my Alex and Ani bracelets had gotten. They looked so dingy compared with my shiny new gold wire. I tried soap and water but it didn't seem to do anything. Then I remembered I once had a rusted necklace I was able to restore by putting it in Coke. We don't really keep soda in the house, so I thought I'd try the similar trick of using Ketchup! I was really nervous to try this because Alex and Ani bracelets aren't cheap, and I didn't want to ruin them! 

But, it worked! I put my bracelets on a paper plate, covered them in ketchup, and let them sit for 5 minutes. I could already see a difference before I even rinsed off the ketchup. Next, I rinsed them in the sink and used a scrub brush to wipe off all of the ketchup. They shined up beautifully! 
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Here is all you need: A paper plate, ketchup and your bracelets.
 Here is my bracelet before:
 Cover in ketchup and let sit for 5 minutes. 
 After!

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Leave me a comment: Did it work for you? What other methods have you tried? 

xoxo Kristen

16 comments:

  1. The acid in the ketchup actually removes the plating. Best & safest way to clean the A&A bracelets as they are only plated, recycled metal is the tried and true way- using the original blue Dawn liquid dish soap a soft toothbrush and water. Hope this info helps you to keep your bracelets pristine for longer without damaging the plating. See other pins with washing instructions, (+) <3 :)

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    1. Thanks for your input! Dawn, as always, works great for general cleaning.
      My bracelets were so so so tarnished, I had to try something else. I've done the ketchup trick several times and have never had a problem.

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  2. I am crossing my fingers that ketchup works. I have an armful of tarnished Alex and Ani bangles. I am done buying them, besides tarnishing, they easily lose their shape after mutiple wearings. Thanks Kristen for sharing what worked on your tarnished bracelets!

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    1. For the price, it would be great if they didn't tarnish! I hope this trick works for you!

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    2. Exactly!! I was super disappointed and shocked that these would tarnish so fast. I'm still baffled that, 1. for the price, the company does not make a better product, 2. so many people still buy it! Haha, yes that does include me but at the time I didn't know! Thanks for you tip!

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  3. I am definitely going to try this, it is very sad they do tarnish. Thank you for the great post.

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  4. Ketchup worked great!!. Thank you for the tip.

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  5. I tried the Dawn dishwashing liquid and soft tooth brush......mine still look tarnished....cleaner but tarnished. Afraid to do the ketchup thing though.

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  6. Try earthgrace.com They are beautiful and they are not plated.

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  9. What about the cleaning cloth Alex and Ani sells?

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  10. I've only used the Alex and Ani polishing cloth on my Alex and Ani bracelets. The cloth cleaned and shined the bracelets but the tarnished areas remained tarnished.
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  11. Hello, it's actually the vinegar in the ketchup that cleans away the tarnish. I sit mine in a 2 parts vinegar 1 part water mix, for about 10 to 15 mins. I then wash the solution off with Dawn, which gets the smell out as well as make them shine. My bracelets are gorgeous

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