Homemade Jewelry Cleaner is easy to make and uses ingredients and materials you already have on hand. This method works great with tarnished real and costume jewelry. As always, take extra care when cleaning precious metals and stones with any homemade jewelry cleaner.
Okay… so I was unpacking and going through some of my jewelry … AND…. I found that all of my inexpensive jewelry that has been sitting in my jewelry box was tarnished and yucky and dirty! I forgot I even had some of it! So… I began a search for some kind of homemade jewelry cleaner so I didn’t have to go buy some! I stumbled upon this jewelry cleaner recipe using only boiling water and baking soda so I thought WTH I’ll try it…. AND…. It was like magic! Even my yucky, tarnished CTR ring that I LOVE was Sparkly clean and looked brand new! It made me very happy so I thought I’d share my find! Here’s the recipe below!
Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Instructions:
1. Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil, shiny side facing outward.
2. Place the jewelry you want to clean in the bowl making sure it’s touching the foil.
3. Cover the jewelry with baking soda – just enough so that you can’t see it.
If the jewelry is very dirty or very tarnished – like silver or gold – then you may need to repeat the process so just add a little more baking soda and more boiling water – but make sure it’s boiling, that’s key! You can also use a toothbrush to get in all the nooks and crannies of detailed jewelry. Be careful with precious gems, stones and metals.
Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Tips
This method works great on sterling, silver, gold, costume jewelry metals.. But do be careful if you’re got a lot crystals glued into a setting and limit soaking to no more than 90 seconds – or you might melt the glue. Also, don’t immerse natural pearls in this solution – it’s too caustic. It is however, fine for most gemstones and this homemade jewelry cleaner works wonders on cubic zirconia (CZ stones)! And in case you’re wondering ….it also works fab for cleaning silverware, silver frames or any silver home decor!
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Need to clean your gold earrings? Polish your pearl necklace? Shine your silver bracelet? Here are some tried and true tips for cleaning your jewelry with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and other household items.
Easy DIY jewelry cleaner
Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide is a great cleaner for lots of household objects, and it’s also a safe and effective cleaner when it comes to cleaning gold, silver, and costume jewelry. For best results, make a by adding drops of hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda, then rub gently on your jewelry. Rinse off and wipe dry. It gets rid of dirt, grime, and body oils, and leaves your gold and silver sparkling.
Quick and easy way to clean silver jewelry
If your silver jewelry is starting to look a little dull or needs polishing, stick it in a bowl with a few tablespoons of baking soda and a square of aluminum foil. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wipe clean. The aluminum acts as a catalyst for ion exchange, a process that will make the tarnish transfer from your silver to the baking soda. This is the magic of science, folks!
Wondering how to keep your beautiful jewelry looking like the first day you wore it? Gentle dishwashing detergent and water plus a soft cloth can clean rubies, amethysts, citrines, emeralds, sapphires, and garnets. Diamonds can be washed similarly: Fill a small pot with a cup of water, plus a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent. Add your diamonds, bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat and let the pot sit until it cools. Once it’s cool (but not before), carefully remove your jewelry and rinse.
Just make sure to wash each piece separately to avoid chipping.
Classic jewelry cleaning recipe
Here’s the recipe that we received from reader Madelyn Jessup, which her mother always used to wash her gold jewelry: Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with ½ teaspoon ammonia and 1 cup warm water. Dip the jewelry into the solution for 10 seconds, and use an old toothbrush to brush off any marks. Your gold will look sparkling new!
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Another easy clean for gems
The easiest way to clean emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and sapphires may be with club soda. Place your jewelry in a glass of it overnight and they will shine like new in the morning.
Get sparkling pearls with vegetable oil
Because they’re so fragile, pearls shouldn’t get wet—and can’t be cleaned with normal jewelry cleaners. Instead, use vegetable oil. Dab some oil on a soft cloth, then gently rub on each pearl. Let the vegetable oil dry overnight, then buff with a soft cloth to remove dust and oils that can make pearls look dull over time. The best way to care for a pearl (or coral) necklace is to wear it regularly—oils from your skin add a gentle luster.
Quick clean for costume jewelry
Clean costume or inexpensive jewelry by dropping two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water. Immerse jewelry for about five minutes and pat dry with a clean towel.
These stones should never get wet: Since turquoise, opals, amber, and marcasite are porous stones, never immerse them in water. Instead, polish them with a soft, dry chamois (clean claws with a soft bristle brush). Wipe with sweet almond oil to remove any grease marks, if desired.
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Preserving your mementos in resin jewelry and trinkets is only the first step in sustaining that memory forever. If you don’t maintain and store your resin keepsakes correctly, they could become clouded, dull, or otherwise damaged.
There are several different types of resins used for jewelry, and you can’t treat them all the same way. Some resins are very hard and can be polished and shaped with a Dremel tool. Other resins are extremely soft and would be irreparably damaged with those means. If you don’t know what type of resin was used to make your jewelry, you should be very cautious about how you care for it.
If you purchased your preserved resin items from us, you should use only the following guide for polishing and storing your memorial jewelry.
Why Resin Jewelry Needs to Be Polished
Our resin jewelry is made with a softer epoxy resin that should be carefully and gently cleaned and polished. Epoxy resin is a petroleum product (a type of plastic), but it is made in such a way that it does not pollute the air or water with non-reactive chemicals.
This soft plastic resin can easily become yellowed, white or clouded. The most common causes of cloudy resin jewelry include:
- Submersion in liquid or excessive moisture/humidity
- Extended exposure to UV sunlight
- Contact with certain oils or chemicals
If you properly care for your resin jewelry, you shouldn’t really need to polish it very often. But if you wear it frequently, display it in the open, or don’t store it properly, you could need to polish it from time to time.
How to Keep Your Keepsake Resin Jewelry in Perfect Condition
Want your keepsakes to last for a lifetime? You need to care for them properly. You can keep your resin jewelry in good condition by developing a few simple habits.
- Limit how frequently you wear the jewelry or expose it to UV sunlight.
- Keep the resin completely dry. Showering, bathing, swimming, or high humidity environments should be avoided.
- Be careful about where and how you store and display your resin jewelry. Dark airtight bags or boxes are best.
- Avoid using chemicals or oils while wearing the jewelry.
- Examine, clean, and polish on a regular basis to maintain clarity of memorial and floral preserved jewelry.
If you make a mistake, your resin jewelry might still be salvageable. While extreme heat can melt the epoxy too much for preservation, the discoloration can be remedied easily with polishing.
Steps for Polishing Resin Jewelry
If your keepsake resin jewelry does become clouded, you can polish it to bring it back to its original clarity and shine with a little time and patience.
To polish the resin itself, you need a small amount of slightly soapy water (a mild dish soap like Dawn is best) and a soft cloth. Tearing up old soft t-shirts makes for great polishing cloths for all types of items.
If your keepsake has gold or silver, the metal could be tarnished. If that is the case, you’ll also need a slightly more abrasive cloth, like a dishrag.
Get comfortable once you have your jewelry and everything you need. Polishing resin jewelry can take some time because you need to do it gently and slowly. When you’re ready, follow these steps.
- Dampen the soft cloth with the soapy water and gently clean any debris or dust from the keepsake. Important! Do not submerge your jewelry, even if it has gotten something on it that is a bit harder to remove.
- If your jewelry has gold or silver that is tarnished, start by getting the more abrasive cloth slightly damp and rub the metal until the tarnish reveals shiny metal beneath. Important! Do not allow the abrasive cloth to rub on the epoxy itself. This can permanently scratch or damage the keepsake.
- Using the softer cloth dampened with the soapy water, gently and slowly polish the resin. Important! Friction creates heat, and heat is very damaging to cured resin. Make sure you polish slowly.
- Dry your resin jewelry gently with a clean, dry, soft cloth.
Your jewelry or flower petal resin charm will look like new when you are finished, so long as you take your time and be patient with the process.
Storing Your Resin Jewelry
Now that you have your resin jewelry clean and looking beautiful again, you don’t want to risk anything else happening to it. You should store it in a protected and airtight place. Using a small ziplock jewelry bag combined with a dark jewelry box is a great solution. If you want to display your resin keepsakes out in the open, do so in an airtight and UV protected glass case.
Taking care of your memorial resin jewelry is easy.
Cleaning and protecting your resin jewelry is easy and well worth the effort to have a tangible memory that lasts a lifetime. Want your own commemorative resin keepsake? Contact us today.
Jewelry should sparkle, but exposure to dust and dirt, lotions and soaps, even air and moisture can dull your favorite pieces over time and rob them of their gleam. The solution? Regular polishing at home with products that treat your jewelry to a fresh, protective shine without the need for special equipment, expensive cleaners or long hours on your hands and knees.
How to Clean Silver
The best way to clean tarnished silver pieces and keep them from re-tarnishing as quickly is with a good silver polish, like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Silver Polish, which contains ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish while leaving behind a protective coating to prevent new tarnish from forming.
If you already use liquid polishes and wipes to clean your jewelry, you can never have too many on hand. If you’re in a hurry, you can just tear off a small piece of polish-soaked cloth and quickly wipe the metal surface. If you use liquid polishes as well as wipes to polish your jewelry, aim for one or two cloths for brightening and shining. Wipes are especially useful for cleaning silver earrings, as their fabric can reach those hard-to-reach areas.
Silver is beautiful, but it can tarnish over time. If you don’t have silver polish on-hand and you need to clean silver ASAP, try one of the DIY methods below. Just know that these treatments won’t keep tarnish from returning, and silver experts caution against using them too often (if at all). For silver-plated jewelry, avoid excessive rubbing to keep from wearing away the finish.
- Dip a soft cloth in vinegar and gently clean the silver. If you want to use a method that doesn’t require physical contact with the silver, try: Spray an aerosol tarnish remover on a cloth and wipe the pieces to remove the tarnish. Remember to always test a small area first to make sure no damage will occur to your jewelry. Once you’ve removed the tarnish, it’s important to buff the silver so it has a shine. To do this, use another soft cloth dipped in warm water or with a bit of mild dish soap added.
- Try baking soda: For heavier tarnish, mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the paste with a soft, lint-free cloth. Work it into the crevices and turn the cloth as it picks up the tarnish. Rinse well and buff dry.
- Consider storing the white flecks of toothpaste you are about to throw away. The mild abrasives in toothpaste can be used to remove tarnish from silver. Apply a dab of white paste toothpaste (not gel) to tarnished silver and rub very gently with your finger or a soft cloth. Then, rinse well with warm water and buff to a shine with a soft cloth.
How to Clean Gold
Clean your jewelry. If your jewelry is made of precious metals, it’s important to clean it regularly. Most gemstones are almost impossible to clean, so don’t soak them in any liquid. Precious metals can be cleaned by wiping them with a warm, damp towel followed by a light polishing with a soft toothbrush. If you’re using an ultrasonic cleaner, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t use ultrasonic cleaners to clean gold, because the motion of the stones or pearls could chip or scratch them. Always protect colored gemstones with a thin film of liquid soap or liquid detergent to reduce the risks of scratches. Also make sure that work spaces are well lit to prevent you from overlooking spots where dust has settled on your jewelry.
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How to Clean Pearls
If the piece is especially dirty, add a few drops of mild dish soap to cool water, and gently wipe each pearl with a soft, clean cloth. If the piece contains pearls coated in rhodium, avoid using any products containing bleach.
How to Clean Costume Jewelry
Dab a cloth into a sudsy solution of dish soap and water and gently wipe any smudges or grime. Then rinse with a cloth dampened in plain water. Pat dry and lay the pieces upside down so moisture won’t soak into the setting. Because stones are often glued on rather than set, don’t soak costume pieces in water or the glue could loosen and the “gems” could pop off.
How to Properly Care for Your Jewelry
If you like to wear jewelry and want to make sure it looks its best, follow the four steps below:
Let’s make sure we understand the term polish——-it means to make brighter——to make glossy. Cleaning is not polishing and visa versa. To neglect to do the finishing polishing of your wire jewelry properly is to leave your jewelry uncompleted. Let’s look at some simple techniques for polishing your wire jewelry.
#1–Hand Polishing — This is a very simple method of using a cloth (old cotton T-shirt) with a dab of red rouge. If you are running the wire through a polishing cloth with red rouge on it before building your project, you can get a pretty good glow to your gold or silver. But you should also rub your finished project briskly with the same cloth after it is completed. After that just get some good old fashion tooth paste and clean up the piece and rinse in warm water to get all the red rouge off. This method will work out fine and does not require any expensive equipment.
You can also get a few jewelers cloths impregnated with jewelers rouge and ready to go. They’re pretty cheap and will last months and months.
#2—Dremel Polishing —-This is a very professional way to polish your jewelry and the cost is really not too bad depending on what equipment you purchase. A Dremel is really a brand name like Ford is a car; Dremel is really a rotary tool, plain and simple. There are several models available and they go from 5,000 to 30,000 rpm, rpm meaning revolutions per minute.
Most large jewelry supplies want about $80 or so for a Dremel, and to justify the price they give you a fancy packet of accessories that you will never use. You can get an off-brand rotary tool in our tool section without the gizmos right here, for less than half the price, and it will go as fast as you need.
You will need some rotary buffing pads about the size of a quarter and usually the wider the buffing pad, the less problem you will have with the wire getting caught up in the pad. A small thin mandrel about the size of a big nail will work to hold your pad on and usually the rotary tool comes with at least one mandrel. . Remember at 30,000 rpms you’re going to have red rouge flying everywhere so make sure it’s in a place where you won’t ruin the new drapes. And if you do a lot of polishing you want to get a mask because all these chemicals like red rouge can be irritating if you take a lot of it in your lungs, so play it safe and have good ventilation and a mask to keep from breathing in all that red rouge.
This type of polishing is much better on sterling silver then gold filled wire because you cannot burn the silver and you can burn the gold filled if you polish it hard enough and long enough. A light touch is better.
#3—Ionic Jewelry Cleaner — If you have the cash and want the fastest and safest way to clean your wire jewelry, you might think about getting an ionic cleaner. Ionic cleaners work on an entirely different method than a sonic cleaner and will not break a stone: that means cracked ones, opals, cameos, etc. As compared to a sonic cleaner as there could be potentially damaging sound waves that could break a customer’s gemstone – and that could get expensive!
The Ionic Cleaner will actually go in and between the wire and PULL the goo out and some other cleaners won’t do that. When it’s working, it looks something like an alka seltzer. There are several models available to suit the hobbyist or the professional. But this is my choice of cleaner.
#4—Tumbling Wire Jewelry — Tumbling wire jewelry is really a new phenomenon as a few years back few people had one or used it to polish anything other then rocks. BUT! I can testify that tumbling does not only bring your soft gold or silver to a fever high gloss but it will make all your tiny wires very hard structures, reducing damage through the years and making a lifetime piece of wire jewelry out of some very thin wire.
The tumbler work hardens the wire while it cleans and polishes. But you can’t use it like a polisher; you should only use it one time, because it will take a thin layer of gold or silver off of the wire. You can tumble gold filled and sterling from one to two hours with no problem. It is really the ultimate in cleaning and polishing all in one. You plug it in and pick up your finished wire jewelry two hours later! There are many to choose from, but I’m partial to the double barrel tumbler, because you can keep two cleaning barrels going at one time. Might not mean much to you now, but when you got 300 pieces of wire jewelry to clean it will.
For more information about tumbling your jewelry, click here.
Whatever you decide, make sure your wire jewelry is polished and well cleaned. It’s the difference between a professional and an amateur.
This article was co-authored by Kennon Young. Kennon Young is a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologist, an American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Master Gemologist Appraiser, and a Jewelers of America (JA) Certified Bench Jeweler Technician. He received the highest credential in the jewelry appraisal industry, the ASA Master Gemologist Appraiser, in 2016.
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Gold, silver and pearl jewelry tends to look dull after months of wear. There are methods you can use at home to remove obvious grime and restore your jewelry’s shine, and in certain cases a professional cleaning is called for. Learn how to care for gold, silver and gemstone jewelry.
- Avoid using strong detergent, a toothbrush with hard bristles, or a course towel when handling your gold. Even a paper towel is too rough for gold jewelry. Gold is a soft metal that is easily scratched and bent. The higher your jewelry’s karat, the more careful you must be not to damage it.
- Don’t let your jewelry soak for too long, since the cleaning agents in the soap might damage it over time.
- Jewelry cleaning machines are available at drugstores and home goods stores.
- If you’d rather not buy your own machine, you can take your jewelry to a jeweler and ask that it be treated with an ionic or steam cleaning.
- Don’t attempt to polish your own gold jewelry. Jewelers work with special papers that are made specifically for polishing gold, and using a different type of paper could cause damage.
- When jewelry is polished, the surface layer of gold is removed, and your gold will be worth a little less afterward.
- Line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it up with hot water. Add a tablespoon of salt and stir until it dissolves.
- Place your silver jewelry in the bowl and let it sit for several minutes.
- Remove your jewelry from the bowl and dry it off using a soft cloth.
- You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to help loosen stubborn tarnish.
- Avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush or other brush on silver, since you may accidentally scratch its surface.
- To use silver cleaner paste, apply a small amount to your jewelry and use a soft cloth to rub it in a straight motion across the jewelry (rubbing in circles can be too abrasive). When you’re finished, rinse the jewelry off and dry it with a soft cloth.
- To use silver cleaner dip, pour a small amount of the solution into a bowl and place your jewelry in the solution. Let it soak for the time recommended on the packaging, which should be no more than a minute or two. Remove the jewelry and rinse it off, then dry it with a soft cloth.
- Rubies and sapphires may also be cleaned using this method.
- Buff the surface of brilliant gems with a soft, lint-free cloth for a quick shine.
- Clean your diamond jewelry once a month to prevent buildup from forming on the stones.  X Expert Source
- ↑ Kennon Young. Certified Jeweler. Expert Interview. 11 September 2019.
About This Article
To clean gold jewelry, let it soak for 15 minutes in a bowl of warm water with a few squirts of dishwashing soap. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime. To clean silver, line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water and teaspoon of salt. Stir until the salt dissolves, then soak the silver for a few minutes. To clean a diamond, ruby, or sapphire, soak it for 5 minutes in a bowl of water with a few drops of mild detergent. Then, gently scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush until clean. If you want to learn how to polish your jewelry afterward, keep reading the article!
Most of us have several pieces of costume jewelry in our jewelry box. Beyond being more affordable than rubies and other precious gems, each piece of jewelry is a unique work of art that adds a different style to your wardrobe. So to preserve these statement pieces, it is essential to know how to clean costume jewelry using the best methods possible.
The most significant issues we run across with our beloved costume pieces is tarnishing, and how to restore fake gold jewelry to the vibrant luster it once had. Some solutions are as simple as cleaning tarnished jewelry with dish soap and hot water.
Others may require more sophisticated methods, like using aluminum foil to fix discoloration. No matter which way you choose, these jewelry cleaning solutions are relatively simple and will save those fashion favorites with just a little bit of love and care.
Cleaning Costume Jewelry – The Basics
Even if your jewelry looks clean, if you wear it often, sweat and body oils accumulate on the surface. There are many ways to clean metal jewelry depending on what it is made from. Sometimes wiping down your jewelry with a dry cloth is all you need to brush away dirt and grime from the surface.
Body oils, perspiration, and even cosmetic products like hairspray are the main contributors to the lack of luster in your fake gold jewelry. The excess moisture becomes trapped on the surface of your jewelry and in between crevices, causing it to look dull and dark.
How to Restore Fake Gold Jewelry without Harsh Chemicals
Starting with a dry clean should be your first course of action to remove any oily residues and moisture.If your jewelry requires a deeper clean, use a soft bristle toothbrush to reach in between tiny cracks and creases. You may also use a toothpick to dig out dirt particles or even a little shot of compressed air to blow away stuck on flakes.
For tough water stains or tarnishing, add a dab of dish soap or dishwashing liquid. Smooth the soap over the jewelry with your fingertips, then rinse using a damp cloth. Afterward, dry the jewelry piece thoroughly and buff with a microfiber cloth to restore shine.
Cleaning Cheap Jewelry with Toothpaste
Toothpaste may seem like an unusual jewelry cleaner but it is an effective solution for cleaning jewellery at home, especially cheaper jewelry, although toothpaste is appropriate to clean copper jewelry and some other metals, too. Using an old toothbrush and toothpaste to clean gold, for example, causes scratches in the soft metal surface and is not recommended.
Since this is costume jewelry, there is little need to worry about scratches ruining the metal. Not to mention, using this method saves you a quick trip to the jeweler and doesn’t expose delicate jewelry pieces to harsh chemicals.
For how to clean costume jewelry using toothpaste, start by adding a small dab onto a soft toothbrush. Scrub the surface of the jewelry lightly, working the toothpaste in between those nooks and crannies.
If you don’t want to use a toothbrush, you can also work the toothpaste over the costume jewelry using your fingertips. Rinse off and dry thoroughly to prevent water damage. When it comes to using toothpaste, you may want to test a small portion of the jewelry to see how it affects the metal.
How to Clean Tarnished Costume Jewelry with Cleaning Products
Most chemical cleaners will destroy costume jewelry unless plated with silver or other precious metals. However, there are some jewelry cleaners specifically designed for cleaning costume jewelry. If you don’t have a commercial cleaning product that is safe for fake cheap jewelry, here are some items you can also use.
Search for “homemade jewelry cleaner” and you’ll get hundreds of recipes with varying ingredients and instructions on how to clean jewelry at home. How do you know which to choose?
Always consider the source when weighing the safety and effectiveness of any DIY cleaning solution. While an organization specializing in cleaning might be better than a resource for general fashion, the best source is a jewelry expert.
Luckily, we know just where to find one – more than one actually. We have a number of GIA Graduate Gemologists and AGS Certified Sales Associates on staff.
Here’s what they have to say about these common DIY jewelry cleaning solutions:
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Witch Hazel, Tea Tree Oil & Baking Soda
One popular site specializing in do-it-yourself natural remedies recommends the following:
- Put the jewelry in a glass mason jar.
- Cover with 1/2 cup of vinegar or witch hazel. Add one drop of tea tree oil and swirl to mix.
- Allow jewelry to soak in the mixture overnight.
- The next morning, coat with baking soda and scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse with water.
Our Advice: Every element in this method has the potential to damage your jewelry. Both witch hazel and vinegar are slightly acidic and won’t agree with soft or porous stones or plated jewelry.
Baking soda is also slightly abrasive, which could scratch softer stones and metals.
Finally, using an old toothbrush is not the best recommendation either. Old toothbrushes will have toothpaste residue, which will scratch the jewelry.
Salt, Baking Soda & Dish Detergent
A prevalent resource for everything from fashion to food proposes the following to clean your jewelry at home:
- Line a bowl with aluminum foil and top with salt, baking soda, and dish detergent.
- Add hot water and drop in your jewelry, letting it sit for 10 minutes.
- Gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
- Rinse and pat dry with paper towel.
Our Advice: Again, there are potential issues with both the ingredients and methods in this suggestion.
You have abrasive baking soda, plus the instruction to scrub with an old, potentially contaminated, toothbrush. Steer clear of this method.
Hot Water & Baking Soda
A top cleaning resource suggests a simpler recipe:
- Let your rings sit for a few minutes in one cup of hot water with 1-2 tsp baking soda.
Our Advice: At least this recipe calls for fewer ingredients and no damaging tools. However, we still have the issue of abrasive baking soda, even in this simple solution.
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Dish Detergent & Warm Water
The best homemade jewelry cleaning solution is a mixture of a few drops of Dawn dish detergent in warm, not hot, water.
Let the piece sit in the solution for a few minutes, longer if it’s very dirty, then gently scrub with a new, baby-size, soft toothbrush. To rinse, place the item in a new container of lukewarm water.
Make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold, as some gemstones do not take well to drastic changes in temperature.
You can dry the piece off with a paper towel or a regular cloth, as long as you’re careful not to snag the prongs on the fibers.
See this method in action:
Visit Your Jeweler for a Cleaning
While dish detergent and warm water is the best homemade jewelry cleaner, there’s no substitute for visiting your jeweler for a cleaning.
Skip the DIY cleaning entirely if your gem isn’t red, white or blue. (That’s rubies, diamonds and sapphires.) Many other gemstones have fickle properties that require specific care.
Your jeweler will know the proper procedures depending on the specific type of gemstone and metal, as well as check the item over for any damage beforehand. We always recommend a semi-annual visit to your local jeweler!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 16, 2015.