How To Clean Your Jewellery: The Best Tips!

Your jewels should be bright, shiny and sparkle like the first time you bought them. Unfortunately, no matter how expensive they are and what they’re made of, they become dull and lose their brilliance when they contact moisture, air, body creams, perfumes, and even body oils.

Jewellery and box on gray background

Hopefully, there are numerous homemade ways to clean them on your own. You don’t have to rush on your jeweller whenever your silver armlet tarnishes. They’re all safe, with ingredients you keep in your cupboards and use every day. So, are you ready to learn the best tips on how to clean your jewellery? 

What is the best homemade DIY jewellery cleaner?

Cleaning your precious jewellery with or without any gemstones isn’t science and shouldn’t scare you at all. It’s a simple and safe way with items you use every day, like vinegar and baking soda, or else bicarbonate of soda. However, not all methods are safe for every piece of jewellery. 

The safest homemade DIY jewellery cleaner you can clean with all gold or silver jewellery or precious stones is washing-up detergent and lukewarm water. Let’s see how to do it:

  1. Soak your pieces in warm soapy water and let them soak for 15 minutes
  2. Scrub them with a soft toothbrush or a cotton swab to remove dirt from every crevice
  3. Rinse with water and dry them with a cloth. You can also use the hairdryer to prevent any water streaks if you like. 

How to clean silver jewellery?

Have your silver jewellery lost its shine, and black spots have appeared? Tarnishing is an inevitable reaction when silver comes in contact with moisture, air, chemicals found in lotions, perfumes and other cosmetic items. 

The bad news is that you can’t avoid tarnishing. The good news is that there are several hacks to clean your silvers. A few simple ways to remove build-up corrosion from your silvers are by making jewellery cleaning solutions using household items. We have effective methods using washing-up detergent, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and more.

The dish soap way

A few drops of your favourite washing up liquid can turn your tarnished silvers sparkling again.

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix lukewarm water and a few drops of the washing up liquid in the bowl.
  2. Dip a cloth in the soapy solution and wipe your silvers to remove rust.
  3. Rinse them with water and use the second cloth to dry them. 

The baking or bicarbonate of soda way

The bicarbonate of soda is a powerful cleaning agent. You can clean silvers with heavy tarnishment. Here’s how you can clean your heavy tarnished silvers.

Baking soda with sponge and towel on wooden table

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Bicarb. soda
  • Water
  • Soft, lint-free cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. In a bowl, mix three parts of bicarb. soda to one part of water to make a paste.
  2. Wet your silver and use the lint-free cloth to apply the paste.
  3. Rub with the cloth, emphasising the narrow parts. Don’t forget to turn the cloth when it gets dirty from the corrosion.
  4. Rinse your pieces very well and buff them dry with a second cloth or a polishing cloth

The toothpaste way 

The same way toothpaste can clean your teeth from stains, it can also clean your tarnished silver pieces.  

Needed materials:

  • White tooth cream (not gel)
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. Apply tooth cream to your tarnished jewellery.
  2. Rub with a cloth or with your fingers. 
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water and buff dry with a soft dry cloth. 

The ammonia way

Ammonia is used for many cleaning purposes. It can also be used to remove rust from your silvery jewellery as well. 

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • ½ cup of ammonia
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • A soft cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix in a bowl ½ cup of ammonia and 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Soak your jewellery in the ammonia solution for 10 minutes.
  3. Then, take it out and wipe it with a dry cloth and let them dry completely.

Important: DON’T apply this method on pearls as they can get damaged.

The ketchup way

Ketchup contains acid, which helps to remove rust from silver.

a cup full of ketchup next to a spoon on dark background

Needed materials:

  • A small bowl
  • Tomato sauce
  • A small brush

Steps to follow:

  1. Pour some tomato sauce in the bowl and dip any silver ring, earrings or bracelets for a few minutes.
  2. Take them out after a while and brush the sauce on the pieces with a small brush. The brush’s soft bristles remove the grime from every hard-to-reach part, especially if the pieces have details. 
  3. Finally, rinse them very well and dry them.

The white vinegar way

White vinegar is the household item used for so many cleaning purposes. Here, we’re going to add one more. How to clean your silvers.

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of bicarb. soda
  • A microfibre cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Add a bowl ½ cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Soak your silvers in the mixture and let them soak for 2 to 3 hours
  3. When the time has passed, rinse them under cold running water.
  4. Finally, dry them very well using a cloth. 

The aluminium foil way

You can use aluminium foil to clean your tarnished jewellery and all the silverware you keep in the house.

cleaning jewellery with aluminium foil

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Hot water
  • A tablespoon of laundry detergent (bleach-free and liquid)

Steps to follow:

  1. Line aluminium foil in a bowl and fill it with boiling water. 
  2. Then, add a tablespoon of your laundry detergent. 
  3. Soak your silver items for a minute. 
  4. Rinse them very well and let them air dry. 

How to clean gold jewellery?

Cleaning your gold jewellery is simple enough. You don’t need to be an expert jeweller, plus it doesn’t require any special cleaning products to do so. Some items every household keeps in its cabinets can work well. 

The dish soap way

Combining a few bits of washing-up detergent and lukewarm water can make a powerful cleaner for your gold rings, bracelets, earrings and so on. 

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Washing-up detergent
  • lukeWarm water
  • A strainer ( you’re going to use it for small pieces)
  • Soft small towel
  • A small, soft brush

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix lukewarm water and a few drops of the dishwashing detergent in the bowl. 
  2. Put any small pieces into the strainer and place them in the soap and water solution. Large ones soak them directly in. 
  3. Let the jewellery soak in the solution for 5 minutes
  4. Before taking them out, swish them around for a while. 
  5. Then lay them on a soft towel and grab the brush. Start scrubbing the jewellery pieces softly to get rid of any dirt. The brush’s bristles will manage to remove the dirt trapped in the crevices
  6. Place small pieces in the strainer again and rinse all under running water
  7. Finally, dry them with a cloth.

The ammonia way

Ammonia can also clean your gold rings, earrings and so on.

A tarnished silver armlet, a dull diamond ring stored in a jewellery box? Not any more! Learn how to clean all types of jewellery using homemade ways.

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • ½ cup of ammonia
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • A soft rag

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix in a bowl ½ cup of ammonia and 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Soak your jewellery in the ammonia solution for 10 minutes.
  3. Then, take it out and wipe it with a dry cloth and let them dry completely.

Important: DON’T apply this method on pearls as they can be damaged.

The baking soda way

The bicarbonate of soda is sufficient enough to clean and polish jewellery of that precious metal too. 

Needed materials:

  • Bicarb. soda
  • White vinegar

Steps to follow:

  1. Cover the gold pieces with bicarbonate of soda and pour a little bit of white vinegar.
  2. Then, rinse very well to remove any soda residue. 

That’s all. Now your golds are ready, and you can put them on. 

The beer way

As strange as it may sound, it works well. Beer can bring back the pristine purity and shine to your gold jewellery. 

Needed materials:

  • Beer
  • Soft rags

Steps to follow:

  1. Dampen a cloth with beer and rub your jewellery gently. 
  2. Dry using a second dry cloth. 

How to clean gemstones?

We couldn’t exclude gemstones from our guide. We all have at least one piece of jewellery with a precious stone, like an engagement ring or earrings. Thus, we have found the best way to clean precious stones without causing any damage.

hand polishing and cleaning jewelry diamond ring with micro fiber fabric

Diamonds

Diamonds are a woman’s best friend! As sparkling as they look, diamonds attract grease and then over time, they become dull. The safest way to clean your diamond rings is by using hot water and washing-up detergent. You can complete the cleaning process by rubbing softly with a small brush. 

Extra tip: You can apply the same cleaning method to clean sapphires and rubies.

Emeralds

Emeralds, including aquamarine, morganite and heliodor, are softer. That means they need a different approach. However, it isn’t impossible to clean them at home. Some mild detergent, lukewarm water and a very soft-bristled brush can get the job done. Just make sure that the process will last for a while

Soft and organic precious gems (opal, coral)

Soft gems are organic gems that need great, and we mean great care, as any contact with any cleaner will damage it. The only safe way to clean these types of gems is by rubbing softly with a cleaning cloth, like the one you use to wipe your sunglasses. 

What’s more, when you put them on, don’t put on any perfume or scented body creams and lotions to prevent any damage on the surface. 

How to clean pearls?

Pearls are so precious and delicate that it’s important to take great care of them. Don’t be misled by their hard surface. Pearls are porous and can be scratched and lose their colour if they contact sweat, oil secretion from the skin, and soapy water for too long. Here’s how to safely clean your precious pearls.

Needed materials:

  • A clean small makeup brush
  • lukewarm water
  • Shampoo
  • A damp cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix in a bowl of lukewarm water with a few drops of shampoo.
  2. Dip the makeup brush in soapy water and wipe each pearl. 
  3. When you finish, rinse your pearls with a damp cloth. Be sure that you have wrung the cloth really well. 
  4. Let it dry flat. This way, you’ll avoid stretching the string.

Extra tip: This method works well for other porous stones, such as turquoise and opals.

How to clean fake or costume jewellery?

Having fake or costume jewellery in your box doesn’t mean they won’t fade over time since they have a thin layer of gold or other material. There are several ways you can apply. Let’s find out.

fake jewellery on a stand

The ketchup method

As we’ve mentioned, tomato sauce is a simple way to clean your silver jewels. But you can also clean your fake/costume ones as well, especially the brass ones. 

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Tomato sauce
  • A small brush
  • A towel

Steps to follow:

  1. Add some tomato sauce to the bowl and place your jewels in.
  2. Let them in the tomato sauce for 20 minutes. Give some time to acid, the sauce has, to act.
  3. Afterwards, take them out and brush them with a brush to eliminate grime from nooks and crannies. 
  4. Finally, place them on a soft clean towel and dry them.

The baking soda method

The bicarbonate of soda can clean everything, plus your fake and costume jewels. 

Needed materials:

  • A bowl
  • Water
  • Bicarb.soda
  • A small brush
  • A towel

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix in the bowl water and some bicarb.soda. 
  2. Dip your jewels and let them soak in the soda solution for 20 minutes. 
  3. Then, take them out of the solution and rub them with a brush. 
  4. Finally, put them on the towel and dry them.

The toothpaste method

Tooth cream is a powerful cleaning ingredient. That’s why you can use it to clean apart from your teeth your fake jewellery.

Needed materials:

  • Toothpaste
  • An old toothbrush
  • A towel

Steps to follow:

  1. First, wet your items and then apply some tooth cream.
  2. Brush them with an old toothbrush.
  3. Rinse them very well to wash any tooth cream left and wipe them dry with a clean, dry towel. 

How to take care of your jewels?

The best way to take care of your jewels and keep them in their pristine condition is the proper storage. Knowing how to pack your necklaces and keeping your jewellery in a jewellery organiser will protect them from scratches and dust. Place your storing jewellery in a dry spot that doesn’t come in contact with direct sunlight.

a close up of a beautiful ring

However, you can’t avoid tarnishing in most jewellery. It’s the natural reaction of some metals, like silver, when they come in contact with moisture, air or body oils. Storing them properly, though, can delay this process. 

But some more tips can help you keep your jewellery in good condition:

    • Don’t wear rings when you wash your hands, apply beauty products and generally, when you expose your hands to water and other cleaning products.
    • Don’t wear any jewellery in the sea or a pool when swimming. 
    • Every time you wear your pearls, wipe them afterwards with a soft, clean cloth. This way, you’ll remove body oils and perfumes that can turn them yellow.
    • While storing your silvery jewellery, place them in an anti-tarnish bag. 

When it’s time to visit a jeweller 

The above cleaning methods are perfect for easily and inexpensively cleaning your precious metals and stones. However, there are some cases where the above cleaning methods shouldn’t be applied. 

Gemstones that aren’t red, white or blue, have fickle properties that need special attention, and any of the above cleaning ways may damage them. Then, you better let an expert deal with them. According to the metal and the stone, the professionals know exactly what to do.

Jewelry box with diamond rings earings and bracelets

Thankfully, cleaning your precious jewellery isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can remove dirt and tarnish signs with some simple ingredients and make them look shiny and brand new. Choose one of the above cleaning solutions and say goodbye to your jewellery’s brown, yellow, and black stains.

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