5 Homemade Jewelry Cleaning Remedies

Jewelry Cleaning

There’s nothing worse than choosing your whole outfit based off of a favorite piece of jewelry and realizing it’s tarnished or dull-looking. You’ll start to completely change your outfit, shoes, hair style and purse just because your favorite necklace and earrings were looking a little under the weather and you have no time to get polish from the store or take it to a professional.

It’s easy to panic when your jewelry is looking worn out because those pieces mean a lot to you, but fear not, Ice.com is here to tell you that your jewelry will shine and sparkle like new in 5 minutes with common household items.

  • Diamond, gemstone, gold and silver jewelry: The Alka Seltzer Trick
    • Drop two tablets of plain Alka Seltzer in a glass of water and let tablets dissolve.
    • Place your dull looking jewelry in the glass and let it sit for a couple minutes.
    • Remove jewelry and dry with a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
    • Enjoy the new sparkle and shine of your jewelry
  • Silver jewelry: The Baking Soda Remedy (removes built-up tarnish from your silver)
    • Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water to make a thick paste.
    • Apply paste to silver jewelry with a damp sponge.
    • Rinse the paste off and buff dry.
    • Note: Use with silver jewelry only. This solution can loosen glue on gemstone jewelry and may damage their finish.
  • Untarnished Gold
    • Mix a few drops of mild dish detergent in warm water and place gold jewelry in solution.
    • Carefully brush gold with a soft toothbrush.
    • Rinse and dry with a towel or microfiber cloth.
  • Tarnished Gold
    • Same method as untarnished gold, but add a few drops of ammonia to the dish detergent and warm water solution
  • Pearls: The Au Natural Method. Pearls are said to look best when they’ve been worn because they lose their lustre if they get too clean so use the oils in your own skin! Pop on your pearls for a few hours to get dull pearls looking their best.
    • If you feel you must clean stained pearls, use a drop of mild detergent (no more) in a bowl of warm water.
    • Place your pearls in a colander to minimize handling and dip in the solution several times.
    • Rinse thoroughly in clean water and pour on a towel to dry or use a chamois leather cloth and softly hand dry.

    Like these solutions, there are many jewelry cleaning home remedies that work, but also a lot that can hurt your jewelry so be careful when looking for a quick fix. It’s always best to consult with the experts, like us 🙂 so you don’t end up having to take your jewelry to a professional. Best practice is to store your jewelry separate from other pieces so they aren’t scratched, keep it away from water and out of the pools and wipe it with a microfiber cloth after each wear to strengthen the sparkle and shine.

The jewelry experts at Ice.com are always here to help so comment below, message us at info@ice.com or chat with us live at Ice.com with any and all questions.

Have an Ice day,
-Reed

2 thoughts on “5 Homemade Jewelry Cleaning Remedies

  1. Deanna R. Jones June 4, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been trying to find a way to clean my tarnished gold. They’ve been dirty for quite some time, but I never quite knew the proper way to clean them myself. It’s good to know that all it takes to clean my gold jewelry is to use dish detergent and ammonia with warm water to brush away any dirt and stains.

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  2. Lara Tomas June 11, 2015 / 11:24 am

    These tips are life-saving! I’m going on a wedding this Saturday and found that my favorite silver necklace is tarnished. I have no time to take it to a professional, so I have to clean it at home. Thank you for the great information!

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