How to clean Jewelry

DIY cleaning tips for your jewelry

Everyone loves shiny and clean jewelry, and just like us, jewelry need a Spa once in a while. But is it really necessary to buy expensive jewelry cleaners or go to the jeweler all the time? We get this question quite often, and the simple answer is no. You can get your Diamonds back to sparkle yourself! That’s why we want to share our top tricks to clean jewelry at home in the most easiest and affordable way. That said, always feel welcome to our store for a proper free jewelry spa!

1. Clean Jewelry with Dish Soap and Warm WaterClean jewelry with a toothbrush

  Dish soap and warm water may sound odd to you, but it's the best homemade jewelry cleaning solution for your lovely pieces. With only a few ingredients you can start cleaning your jewelry right away. Please make sure the water is not too hot, as some gemstones do not stand well to drastic temperature changes.

You will need:

  • dish soap
  • bowl
  • soft toothbrush (new)
  • warm water (not hot, so it won't damage your jewelry)
  • cloth
  • dirty jewelry

How it works:

Step 1:   Mix warm water (not hot) with a few drops of dish soap in a bowl Step 2:  Let the jewelry sit in the mixture for a few minutes (if it's very dirty let it sit for longer)  Step 3:  Gently scrub your pieces with a clean soft toothbrush  Step 4:  Switch the soapy water with clean lukewarm water to rinse your pieces Step 5:  Carefully dry your jewelry with a cloth Step 6:  Enjoy the sparkle and shine

Clean Jewelry with ultra sonic machine2. Clean Jewelry with Ultrasonic

Another possibility to clean your jewelry profoundly is with an ultrasonic machine. You can get solid machines starting at 15€ and they are also great in cleaning other things, for example your glasses. Ultrasonic machines profoundly clean jewelry within 4-8min with sound waves that will not harm the jewelry. However, there are a few jewelry pieces that you shouldn't clean with it, so you won't damage your lovely jewelry.  Please do not clean the following things with an ultrasonic washing machine:
  • Anything with Pearls on it. It could potentially destroy the Perls.
  • Jewelry with glued on things, because the glue could melt off.
  • Soft Stones like Opals
  • Glass Stones
  • Ceramic
  • Gold-plated jewelry
  • Oily Stones and painted jewelry

You will need:

  • Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner
  • water
  • gloves
  • cleaning solution (dishwasher liquid)
  • the jewelry you want to clean

How it works:

Step 1: Fill the tank of your ultrasonic cleaning device with water. Mix your cleaning solution with the water in your ultrasonic tank. Step 2: Run your ultrasonic device for about 5 minutes so that the cleaner mixes well with the water in the tank. Set the device base on your desired temperature and time for cleaning. The amount of time you should allow your jewelry to stay in the ultrasonic cleaner can vary between 1 to 20 minutes or more, based on how dirty it is. Step 3: Place your jewelry in the ultrasonic basket and ensure that it is well spaced out. Do not put in too many pieces of jewelry at a time to avoid scratching your jewelry. Make sure the jewelry does not have direct contact with the base of the machine.  Step 4: Run your ultrasonic device and allow your dirty piece of jewelry to stay in the machine for as long as needed. When the device’s timer goes off, allow the jewelry to sit for about 10 minutes to allow the grime and dirt to settle. Rinse the ultrasonic basket with your jewelry in it in clean cold water. Step 5: Take out the jewelry, and if possible, clean briefly with a soft brush to remove any residual dirt. Rinse it again and dry with a soft cloth.

3. Clean Jewelry with Baking SodaPolished Jewelry

  This is a gentle cleanser that works well to clean jewelry of all types, including gold, silver and silver-plated items. Make a paste with baking soda to scrub tarnished items, or soak semi-dirty pieces in a baking soda solution. For gold-filled, nickel-based silver, and sterling silver jewelry, add salt and dish soap for a thorough clean. With any method, baking soda can make your jewelry look shiny and new. Please avoid using this method on anything with enamel, gemstones or pearls.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • soft toothbrush (new)
  • Warm water. You can replace water with white vinegar (optional)
  • dirty jewelry

How it works:

Step 1: Take about 2 tbsp of baking soda and add a little water to it to make a thick paste. Step 2: With an old toothbrush or a scrub, apply this paste to the jewelry you plan to clean. Scrub carefully. You will start to see the dullness diminish and your jewelry piece begin to shine. Step 3: Rinse it with water and repeat this procedure if needed.

4. Clean Silver Jewelry with Salt and Aluminum Foil

The tarnish that accumulates on silver jewelry can often be removed with a solution made from salt, water and aluminum foil. The salt and aluminum foil act as a magnet that draws the tarnish from the silver.

You will need:

  • aluminum foil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • bowl
  • hot water
  • soft cloth
  • dirty silver jewelry

How it works:

Step 1: Line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it up with hot water. Add a tablespoon of salt and stir until it dissolves. Step 2: Place your silver jewelry in the bowl and let it sit for several minutes. Step 3: Remove your jewelry from the bowl and dry it off using a soft cloth.

Cleaned Diamond Rings

5. Clean Silver Jewelry with Toothpaste

The ingredients in toothpaste that help your teeth get clean can also be used to clean silver.
  • 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.

You will need:

  • toothpaste
  • soft-bristled toothbrush
  • soft cloth
  • dirty silver jewelry

How it works:

Step 1: Apply a dab of toothpaste to your silver jewelry and use a soft cloth to rub it in. Step 2: Rinse the jewelry and dry it off using a clean cloth.

6. Boil your Jewelry

Not all jewelry can be boiled, like delicate gemstones, but you can use boiling water on solid gold. Make sure that no parts are glued together and that the gold is not cold before putting it into boiling water. This solution should only be used for pieces that cannot be cleaned in any other way.

You will need:

  • bowl
  • boiled water
  • soft-bristled toothbrush
  • dirty solid gold jewelry

How it works:

Step 1: Place the jewelry into a bowl and slowly pour boiled water over it until the water fully covers the jewelry. Step 2: Let it sit until the water cools and carefully scrub every piece with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Step 3: Dry thoroughly.

We hope these tips on how to clean your jewelry help you out. Let us know if you need more help and always contact us for more questions.