Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How To: Clean Jewelry & Make-Up Brushes w/ Products in Your Kitchen

I've Snapchatted how I clean my wedding rings, Yurman, & make-up brushes several times before but I continue to get asked how I do it so I thought I'd do a full out post! Hopefully you'll find this useful - many of the products I am using are ones that are already in my kitchen so that makes it even easier! 


JEWELRY: 
The first thing I do with my jewelry is mixed Windex with warm water. I usually just use a small cup and let it soak for 5-6 minutes. I use this technique for my David Yurman jewelry (w/ exception of enamel pieces) & my wedding rings. (A Yurman employee taught me the Windex trick and our jewelry also told us to do this as well.)

The next few steps are optional, but I always do this.. So, I grab a toothbrush & run it under warm water & then pump a bit of the Dawn soap (this exact soap is the best) & then lightly scrub. You don't have to scrub too hard because the warm water kind of loosens up the dirt & the Windex will help shine up your stones/diamonds/metal/etc.  Also, you don't have to go buy a special toothbrush for this or anything. I just use the one from the Dentist (lol, I am sure he'd be proud if he saw this - its my friend Elle's dad!)

My rings are always super, super sparkly and clean after this! I usually just lie it on a clean towel and let it air dry. My wedding rings are by Henri Daussi for those who have been asking. Also, I would like to clean them once weekly (especially wedding set) but I usually only do it every 2-3 weeks. I'm the worst with getting lotion (guacamole!!!) or other weird stuff in my rings. :/  
^Our dishes are HERE. I'm just using one of the teacups to soak the jewelry. These were the dishes we registered for when getting married and I didn't realize I'd never use the teacups or saucers so voila.. using them now. :)







MAKE-UP BRUSHES:
The make-up brush cleaning is very similar to ring cleaning so I usually do it all at the same time. Typically, I do this at night so that my brushes can dry over night. 

I soak the head of the brushes in warm water mixed with a few pumps of the Dawn dish soap. You can skip this step if you don't have time, but I will say this step is what loosens & breaks up the makeup. If you are like me and wear a long-wear foundation, it's good to soak them for about 5 minutes. You'll notice the water in the bowl will turn brown super quickly! After they've soaked, I pump a little bit of the Dawn foam onto the top of the brush and use a brush cleaning tool to scrub out the old makeup. (The one I am using above is old - all of my brush cleaning mits are over at our old still.. or MIA?!) 

Tips: I recommend avoid getting water anywhere on the brush except the head. If you get water into the handle, it will break up the glue and fall apart more quickly. That being said, when you soak the brushes, do it the way you see in the photos where its just the hairs in the water/soap mixture. Obviously you can't keep the rest of it dry so make sure you allow them to dry with the handle kind of elevated. (lololol.) I hope this makes sense! I usually roll up a clean towel and place the handle where it's raised up so that water will drain out. (if this is confusing I'll put something on Snapchat.)

Another tip: Use this dish soap! (No, this is not a sponsored post!) We keep a similar hand soap at our sink that is red and smells good and is also foam. The first time I was cleaning my brushes I was just going to use the hand soap... well halfway through cleaning I noticed I was accidently pumping the Dawn soap and when I was using it I saw that the water was turning a more make-up-y color.. as if this soap was getting more product out. Also, I notice that the brushes look more like new when I use this soap over a hand soap. I've been doing this for a year and I've not lost any brushes or had anything bad happen so it won't tear up your brushes. ALSO! I want to throw this out there, I have purchased TONS of brush cleaners and tbh, none impress me. They all seem a little overpriced and none get my brushes this clean. And some of the Pinterest tips make your brush smell like Vinegar so skip that too! 

Last tip: Make sure you get a brush cleaning tool! I said before mine is a random old one but the other I have are HERE & HERE. One is a mitt so you can slip your hand in and really scrub, the other sits in your sink which also keeps you from making a bigger mess!




John and I love this soap for dishes, too, obviously! So we just purchased on Pump bottle and keep the refills (as seen in image above) under the cabinet so we can just refill. 

Also, I love my Artis Oval 8 - would you all like a review?! I need to get one of THESE for cleaning in between uses.

My dress is here. (under $100 & comes in 17 bright colors!)
Necklace is here.
Lipstick is 'Happy Go Lucky'. 
Pineapple Pitcher (holding peonies) is here.
Criss cross ring is here
Earrings are Chanel.
My barstools are here.


43 comments:

  1. So helpful! I've always struggled with cleaning my brushes, and felt like I would mess them up each time I would try!

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  2. Love your countertops! Would you please share the name? Thank you!

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  3. Great and useful post!!

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  4. Very helpful post!! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a cleaner and a machine that the diamond dealer gave me and it works well but I'll have to try this sometime. Your kitchen is beautiful too!! :-)

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  5. So useful post! I've been wanted to buy a brush cleaning product (as I thought it would do a better job) for so long and there are a bit pricy. Now I can cross it off my shopping list and use the dish soap instead. Thanks for the tips!

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  6. I was just thinking about cleaning my brushes this morning! I know what I'm doing tonight...
    xoxo, www.piperellice.com

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  7. Such great tips! Careful not to drop your beautiful jewelry down the sink! I'm always afraid of doing that...

    Love your dress!

    XOXO,
    Natalie
    www.combatbootsandcouture.com

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    1. I always do it on the side that has the plug thing:)

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  8. Thanks for this! Now I can stop buying expensive cleaners for all of my jewelry and brush sets! Please continue to do how to's. You do a great job!

    XO,
    Rochelle
    www.prettyyellowthings.com

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  9. This is amazing! I love that all of these are things I already have! Thank you SO much for sharing.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  10. These are GREAT tips! Thank you so much!

    Kim
    http://bit.ly/23Bj9YM … a new take on a pencil skirt!

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  11. First of all...loving your kitchen! Super adorable!!! Also...such a smart way to wash your products! Xo

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  12. Thanks for the tips!

    xoxo
    Sharan
    www.MyGoldenBeauty.com

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  13. Hey Emily! I've noticed you wear a lot of David Yurman (as do I) and what works great for cleaning it is Kiehls Bath and Shower Coriander cleanser! its a body wash and may seem silly, but after a sale lady at Saks recommended it to me thats all I use!!

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  14. Great tips! Thanks!

    www.lesleyandeve.com

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  15. I love this post! Your kitchen looks so bright and your colorful dress just tops the pictures off! I cant wait to see more of your new home! Also, great tips on the cleaning, cant wait to try some of them out. #snapchatfam #guacinring :)

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    1. I am cracking up! I love that you remember the guac in ring situation!!1

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  16. I just cleaned my wedding rings and they are so clean and sparkly now! Thank you for this post, so helpful!!

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  17. I definitely need to clean my make-up brushes more often!! Thank you for these awesome and affordable tips!! xx, LO
    www.rosesandrainboots.com

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  18. SUCH great tips! Going to clean my jewelry now :)

    www.thetwentysomethingblonde.com

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  19. WHAT?! You can get rings clean with diluted windex? Girl, you just changed my world! I used to go to the jewelers and have them do it every time... I'm a newlywed so I guess I'm a newbie at having rings but seriously that's so cool. Going to try it right now!

    Maya from Maya Unmarketed

    P.s. Drooling over the new home! It's stunning!

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  20. What brand of make up brushes do you use? Is there one particular brand or do you use several? Thanks!

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    1. ALL different kinds! They are all linked in my makeup tutorial posts!

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  21. I do the same, Emily! Love that soap.

    xo, Irina Bond | BondGirlGlam.com

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  22. wow thanx for sharing
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  23. Hi! What nail polish are you wearing in this post? Love it!

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  24. Hi! What nail polish are you wearing in this post? Love it!

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  25. Thanks for this- I have so many yurman pieces that are horribly dirty, and I never knew how to properly clean them (since you cant use jewelry cleaners). I tired it last night and my pieces look like new today!

    xo,
    Christina, Esq.
    http://mommusingsesq.blogspot.com/

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  26. Glad to see this post as I always forget which products you use when you talk about them on snapchat! Also, how amazing does your new kitchen look. Are you settling in well?

    Grace xo
    www.dorothyandolive.com

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  27. My jeweler told me the same thing... warm water & a little windex goes a long way!

    C's Collection | http://chelseascollection.com

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  28. Great tips! I'll have to utilize this for my jewelry as well.

    xx Kathryn
    www.chicandshimmer.com

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  29. Thank you, thank you! I have a beautiful Morganite engagement ring that only looked good when it came back from the jewelers. I tried this last night and absolutely gorgeous! First time it's been sparkly in a long time. Thank you!

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    1. oh my! I love morganite - so jealous!! those are the prettiest rings ever!

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  30. Thank you, thank you! I have a beautiful Morganite engagement ring that only looked good when it came back from the jewelers. I tried this last night and absolutely gorgeous! First time it's been sparkly in a long time. Thank you!

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  31. Thank you for this awesome Tips, very helpful ..Thanks

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  32. اعمال شركة تنظيف بالرياض متميزة داخل المنطقة التي تعمل بها لانها تعمل علي تقديم كل ما هو جديد في عالم النظافة لتقديم خدمة متميزة للعميل فتعامل مع شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض ستلاقي فريق من العمال لدك مختصين في اعمال نظافة الفلل وهذا يحدث ايضا مع شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    والتي تعمل علي نظافة الخزانات وتعقيها للقضاء علي الاوساخ والبكتريا الصغيرة التي توجد بها معكم ايضا شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض التي تعمل علي الصيانة والتنظيف بواسطة اثنين من الفنين المختصين في مجال المسابح واليك خدمة اساسية تلبي لك العيش في بيئة خالية من الحشرات الصغيرة من خلال قسم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض الذي يعمل علي القضاء علي جميع الحشرات المنزلية كما يوجد قسم اخر في مجال مكافحة الحشرات وهو شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض التي تقدم خدمة الوقاية والقضاء علي هذه الافات بواسطة مبيدات طبيعية

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