How to clean jewelry at home like a professional

You are about to learn how to clean Jewelry as the professionals do, while seating in the comfort of your home.

By the time you finish reading this article, you will learn how to clean all kinds of jewelry such as gold jewelry,  tarnished jewelry,  fake jewelry, costume jewelry, etc.

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How to clean jewelry like a pro

I know you're a lover of Jewelry and you probably have some old pieces of jewelry lying here and there, with some that are duller and tarnished. 

Instead of letting it sit in some box, never to be worn or buying some jewelry cleaner or calling a jeweler for a solution,

The good news is, there are plenty of safe, easy, and affordable ways to clean up your accessories at home, the solution lies in your kitchen locker.


The methods I am about to show you vary according to metal types, manner of construction, and gem types if any are used.

How to clean jewelry with baking soda

  1. Heat water to a lukewarm temperature.
  2. Add baking soda into it and mix it well to create a paste
  3. Deep a toothbrush into the solution and clean the jewelry 2-3 times, at a 30 minutes interval and see how the black dust is removed, and your jewelry is back to life.

How to clean jewelry with soap and water

Soap and water is a very easy and effective way to clean gold, pearls, opals, and platinum jewelry.

  1. Mix soap and water in a bowl
  2. Dip your jewelry in it and leave it for 30 minutes before taking it out. 

  3. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or a piece of cloth to scrub out any hard buildup on the gold.

  4. For pearls and opals, lay dry your jewelry after taking them out of the liquid, before storing them in a cotton bag

How to clean jewelry with vinegar

Vinegar is the most available and affordable kitchen ingredients you can find around, to use as a cleaning agent for your jewelry. It can either be used as a standalone cleaner or with a combination of other ingredients. 

As a lone ingredient,

  1. Dip some cotton into vinegar and
  2. Use it to wipe your jewelry until it is bright again.

For use with a combination of other ingredients.

  1.  Mix vinegar with baking soda 
  2. Gently scrub the Jewelry with the mixture using a soft bristle toothbrush
  3. Rinse in warm water and dry with a soft towel or cloth.

How to clean jewelry with eye makeup remover

Your eye makeup remover can leave you surprised the whole day, as a cleaning agent for your jewelry. How to use it:

  1. Dip some cotton into your makeup remover
  2. Rub the entire piece until it regains its shine
  3. Dry with a soft cloth 

How to clean jewelry with aspirins

Literally, aspirin can be a very good detergent for your jewelry at home. All you need is two effervecent aspirin tablets and a glace of water. 

  1. Dissolve the tablets in a glass of water
  2. Place your jewelry in the solution and leave it to sit for 10minutes 
  3. Take it out and dry with a soft cloth 

How to clean jewelry with sodium bicarbonate

This method is quite easy to follow. You just have to:

  1. Moisten a rag or soft cloth with clean water
  2. Add your bicarbonate to the rag
  3. Use it to wipe your jewelry gently and later dry with a soft cloth

How to clean jewelry with toothpaste

Toothpaste is the polish you need for your non-gold and silver jewelry

  1. Put toothpaste on a soft-bristle toothbrush
  2. Scrub the jewelry for 10minutes
  3. Rinse in lukewarm water
  4. Dry with a soft cloth.

Although toothpaste can be used on a crystalline gemstone, you should avoid using the toothpaste on softer stones because of its abrasive nature, in order not to leave scratch marks.  

How to clean 925 silver jewelry to remove tarnish

Method 1

For the first method, use toothpaste. Toothpaste is a sure proof method to clean your 925 silver jewelry.

Method 2

For the second method, use a spoonful of baking soda, a spoonful of salt, a piece of aluminum foil, and hot water.

  1. Dissolve a spoonful of salt and baking soda in boiling water
  2. Pour the water in a glass and drop in a large piece of aluminum foil
  3. Drop your silver item so that it touches the foil, and then flip the jewelry over after a couple of minutes
  4. See the tarnish vanishing in real-time
  5. Wipe the silver with a soft cloth to remove the last of the loosened-tarnish

This method can also be used to clean silver plated jewelry.

Note: The hotter the water, the faster the reaction.

Method 3

Use ketchup to clean your 925 silver jewelry. It is a simple but effective solution.

  1.  Leave your jewelry in ketchup overnight
  2. Rub it with a soft toothbrush and wash with lukewarm water
  3.  Clean and dry with a soft cloth

Method 4

Milk can also be used as a tarnish remover for your 925 silver jewelry.

  1. Dip your jewelry into milk.
  2.  Leave in milk for 15-20 minutes
  3. Rinse with warm water
  4. Take out the jewelry and dry with a soft cloth.

Method 5

Detergent can also be used as a tarnish remover for your 925 silver jewelry.

  1. Wash the surface of the decorations with detergent
  2. Rinse with salt water.
  3. Dry with a soft cloth

How to clean gold jewelry even if it's tarnished

Household products are often considered less in maintaining gold ornaments. But the irony is, they tend to be the best, easy, and most affordable.

Method 1

A simple dishwasher is a perfect example, as it contains fewer chemicals compared to other liquids.

  1. Dip your jewelry in a solution of water and dishwasher
  2. Leave it for a couple of minutes
  3. Dry on a towel.

Method 2.

  1.  Dip your jewelry in lemon juice and lukewarm water.
  2. Leave for a couple of minutes
  3. Dry on a towel

Note: Rub it gently with a polishing cloth to restore its shine if it's tarnished.

How to clean sterling silver jewelry

Method 1

  1. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly in warm water.
  2. Dry in a polishing cloth
  3. Then store in a dry place free of dust. 

Method 2

Although some think toothpaste can damage your sterling silver because of its abrasive nature, cleaning with toothpaste and drying your jewelry after rinsing with clean water, remains one of the best and stress-free methods of cleaning your silver jewelry.

Method 3

 Place your sterling silver jewelry in potato water to help take the dirt and oxide out of it.

Method 4

Use a soft cloth or an old toothbrush and white tooth powder.

  1. Sprinkle a small amount of toothpowder on your silver jewelry
  2. Rub gently using a piece of cloth or toothbrush
  3. Rub it a couple of times and watch your silver regain its shine.

Remember not to use water while doing this, and do well to rub/brush gently in order not to scratch it.

Method 5

Wipe your jewelry with alcohol or sodium bicarbonate and watch it regain its shine.

Method 6

Dip some cotton into white vinegar and gently wipe your jewelry for glossy results.

How to clean brass jewelry

Method 1

Clean your brass jewelry with ketchup. Mix it with Worcestershire and clean it up.

Method 2

This method will show you how you can clean your brass jewelry with warm water and liquid soap.


Mix the jewelry with warm water and a little amount of liquid soap. Scrub it gently and allow it to dry.

Method 3

Use lemon juice to clean your Jewelry.  Scrub the jewelry using the lemon juice and then leave it to dry for some time.

Method 4

Vinegar can work wonders in cleaning your brass jewelry. Like lemon juice, you need to gently scrub the jewelry using vinegar and then leave it to dry for some time. 

Method 5

Boil your Jewelry with cut tomatoes in a pressure cooker for a couple of minutes, and then leave it to dry.

Method 6

Mix a couple of drops of lemon juice with baking soda to derive a paste. Rub the mixture onto your jewelry and polish it up with a clean cloth. Clean any leftover residue first with a wet rag, and then a dry one.

How to clean stainless steel jewelry

Method 1

  1.  Pour some warm water in a small bowl,
  2. Add some mild dishwashing soap.
  3.  Gently wipe the stainless steel jewelry with the damp cloth until the piece is clean.

Remember to rub the item along its polish lines when cleaning for the best results.

Method 2

Use baking soda and vinegar or toothpaste.

  1. Mix baking soda with vinegar to form a paste 
  2. Use a bristle toothbrush to clean your jewelry, by gently scrubbing it
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Dry with a microfiber cloth. 

Alternatively, you can use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste to the jewelry and rub it gently, before rinsing to dry with another microfiber cloth.

Method 3

Use water and baking soda to regain the beauty of your stainless steel jewelry at home. 

  1. Mix your baking soda with water
  2.  Dip a soft bristle toothbrush in the solution and use it to gently scrub your jewelry.
  3. Rinse your jewelry in lukewarm water
  4. Dry with a microfiber cloth. 

You can also fill a bowl with warm water and dip your stainless steel jewelry in it using the baking soda until the foam is gone. Dry with a soft towel or microfiber cloth after rinsing.

Method 4

Make sure to use toothpaste without silica.

  1. Apply a tiny amount of your toothpaste to a dampened microfiber cloth, depending on the size of your jewelry
  2. Then use the cloth to gently rub the surface of the jewelry.
  3. Rinse the jewelry in lukewarm water until the paste is gone
  4. Dry with a microfiber cloth or a soft towel. 

How to clean copper jewelry

Method 1

Salt and lemon method.

  1.  Cut a lemon in the middle
  2. Add salt to the cut side
  3. Rub your jewelry tenderly. 
  4. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth.

Method 2

Combine baking powder with lemon juice to clean your copper jewelry normally like any other utensil.

Just sprinkle the solution on your jewelry and clean the discolored copper.

Method 3

For this method use vinegar and salt. 

  1. Drench your discolored copper jewelry in a pot of some water
  2.  Add the salt-vinegar blend,
  3. Heat to a boiling point,
  4. Leave it to cool off.
  5. Once the copper is cool, wash it with water and a cleanser
  6. Rub it gently with a soft cloth.

Method 4

Your ketchup can clean your copper jewelry just fine. Perplexed? Let me show you how.

  1. Take a little measure of your normal kitchen sauce
  2. Rub it onto your discolored copper jewelry till it is bright again.
  3. Wash it and dry.

Method 5

You can mix flour and vinegar as a solution to clean your copper jewelry

  1. Mix a tablespoon of flour with a cup of white vinegar to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste in the jewelry
  3. Allow it to sit for fifteen minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water and then polish. 

Note that vinegar alone can serve as a good cleaning agent for your copper jewelry.

How to clean gold jewelry that's turning black

You may have noticed that gold jewelry loses its shine with time. And at some point; it starts turning black, leaving you wondering how to get rid of it to restore its shine. 

To clean your now turned black gold jewelry, you'll be needing these; a mild dish detergent, a small bowl, a toothbrush with soft bristles, a soft cloth, and a jewelry polishing cloth. 

  1. You have to close the drain of your sink or insert a strainer into the drain; you don't want your precious jewelry slipping down the drain. 

  2. Fill the bowl with 2 cups of warm water

  3. Add a few drops of detergent and mix.

  4. Place the gold piece in the solution and leave it to soak for minutes.


  5. Use the toothbrush to gently scrub away the dirt and build-up, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.

  6. Dry with a soft polishing cloth.

How to clean oxidized metal jewelry

Your no silica toothpaste can also clean oxidized metal jewelry

  1. Apply toothpaste on the jewelry
  2. Scrub gently with your fingers, a soft-bristle toothbrush, or a piece of cloth.
  3. Rinse in lukewarm water
  4. Dry with a soft cloth. This will get your jewelry back in shape. 

How to clean costume jewelry

Several methods can be used to clean your costume jewelry at home, with a combination of some of your kitchen's ingredients, as already illustrated above. Some include; baking soda and water, lemon juice and salt, ketchup, vinegar and salt, and toothpaste, only to name a few. Whichever one you want to employ, the choice is yours.

Final thoughts

 You can see from the illustrations above that you really do not need a professional jeweler, nor any harmful chemical to clean and perhaps destroy your precious jewelry.

You have all the answers at home, instead of wasting money and putting the quality of your previous companion at risk, you have the choice to decipher which method and ingredient works for you. Although, you can as well apply some transparent enamel on them to prevent them from tarnish and dust. This way, you get to keep them longer.


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