I’ve never been one of those women who gets all syrupy and goofy over diamonds — jewelry of any kind, really. So, that song about diamonds being a girl’s best friend has always seemed pretty silly to me. My wedding ring is the only diamond I have ever owned and I am completely content with that. I WILL say that losing it in the garden two summers ago was probably one of the most significantly sad days of my life, not because of the loss of the diamond, but the symbolism and the sentiment I had for the ring. Unfortunately, replacing it was not in the budget for us and for the time being, still is not. A piece of costume jewelry is my stand-in, for the time being. There is no comparison between the two in quality or beauty, but the one commonality between the diamond and my temporary stand-in, is the way I have kept both clean and sparkling.
Making the most of what we have can sometimes mean finding a frugal alternative to typically accepted methods of doing things. Jewelry cleaning products can take many forms from liquids or gels to ultrasonic machines. All of them can be pricey, most smell AWFUL and some are toxic. Another alternative is professional cleaning, but again, it can be expensive and seriously is not a great value for your money. Early in my marriage, I learned that an inexpensive product we always have in the house, is the BEST diamond polisher. My wedding ring sparkled and shined whether I had been working in the garden, kneading bread or doing the dishes, because no matter what job I had tackled, in less than 60 seconds I could use toothpaste straight out of the cabinet and have a ring that looked like new. I have happily discovered it is an effective method for bringing a little luster to costume jewelry, as well. So, this morning I grabbed my Arm and Hammer Advanced White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste to snap a couple pictures and show you how simple and inexpensive it is to clean your rings at home.
There’s nothing extra for you to buy. This is probably one of the most frugal projects you will accomplish, at home. If you have an old toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, you’re set. Head over to the sink, apply some toothpaste to the brush and gently scrub your ring, gems and all. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth. You will be stunned at the sparkle and shine! Yes, indeed, toothpaste is most definitely a girl’s best friend’s best friend. 🙂
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Arm and Hammer is again, generously sponsoring a giveaway of a $25 VISA Gift Card. There are many other great frugal uses for toothpaste around the house and ways to handle everyday jobs by re-purposing products we already have. I’d love to hear some of your frugal tips and tricks for making the most of what you already have on hand, when tackling your household chores, whether it’s with toothpaste or another product. So, in a comment below, share a tip for using toothpaste or another common household product, to do a job that we wouldn’t expect.
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