Five Great Tips on How to Clean Jewelry


Women love jewelry. Some men even like their own jewelry. Regardless, cleaning your jewelry is important because it’s what helps it stay looking fabulous and beautiful. Nothing ruins a great piece like dirt and grime from daily wear. The good news is that you don’t have to take your jewelry to your jeweler each and every time it needs a cleaning; you can do a few basic cleaning maneuvers at home.


This solution only works on solid gold and it is not recommended for any gold that features stones. Pour some beer on a soft cloth and wash your jewelry with it. The grime, dirt and gross daily accumulation of stuff on your jewelry should come right off.

Laundry Detergent

What you’ll need is a piece of aluminum foil, a bowl and powdered laundry detergent. Line the bowl with foil, fill it with hot water and add a teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent. Submerge your jewelry into the bowl for only one minute before removing it. It will be dirt free and shiny once again.

 Baking Soda

If you have tarnished silver, mix a quarter cup of baking soda with only 2 tablespoons of water. You’ll want to later this thick mixture atop your tarnished jewelry and let it sit there. You’ll do this with a damp sponge, allowing the paste to sit for only a minute or two before you rinse it completely off. The tarnish should clean right up after that if you pour a little bit of vinegar over it and rinse it off.


If your jewelry is looking slightly dull, use some over-the-counter Alka-Seltzer dissolvable tablets. Drop them and your jewelry in some water and leave it there until the tab is completely dissolved. Remove your jewelry and it will be much shinier and much more sparkly than it was when you first dropped it in that cup.


If you have gold or silver that looks dull, place it in a mixture of ammonia and warm water. You’ll want to mix a half cup of ammonia with a full cup of warm water – warm, not hot. You’ll leave your gold and/or silver soaking for 10 minutes before removing it from the solution and rinsing it with cold water and allowing it to dry.

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