5 Household Items Ready to Clean Your Jewelry [infographic]

Jewelry cleaning is a professional service offered by stores all around the world.

This is probably the best choice for antiques, family heritage and jewelry with gemstones.

Why? Because any mistake may result in damage or even the loss of precious items.

And, there might be no way to recover possible losses.

By taking your pieces to a jeweller, you can expect to get the right cleaning services with a guarantee against any damage.

However, in many cases, cleaning can be done at home too.

Especially for plain pieces likes a gold necklace or a silver bracelet, there are easy and cheap solutions you can practice with household products.

Attention: Always act with caution. Your jewelry may contain gemstones, which require extra care. Especially, soft gemstones such as coral, pearl, shells and others may get damaged easily. Never proceed without being sure that the metal and stones will not be harmed in any way.

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Apple cider vinegar

Use this method with solid gold pieces only.

Don’t use vinegar with silver: it quickens the tarnish.

Step 1: Take a small bowl and pour some white ACV.

Step 2: Place your solid gold chain in it.

Step 3: Make sure it is fully submerged. Let apple cider vinegar do its thing for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Take it out and rinse it with water and dry it with a soft towel.

Don’t let your pieces to sit in ACV for too long.

Use different methods for jewelry with stones, as ACV may damage them.


Ketchup works well with tarnished sterling silver.

You can also use this method with copper and brass jewelry.

Step 1: Pour some ketchup in a small bowl.

Step 2: Place your silver jewelry fully under the ketchup.

Step 3: Let your pieces sit there for 30 minutes.

Step 4: When time is up, take your pieces out and give a gentle short wipe with a soft toothbrush.

Step 5: Rinse residues off with water. Make sure you dry it completely.

Dish soap

A warm soapy water is ideal to remove dirt and grime from a gold ring.

Step 1: Take a small bowl and pour some lukewarm water.

Step 2: Add few drops of mild dish soap.

Step 3: Let your solid gold jewelry sit in the water for 10-15 minutes and take it out.

Step 4: Wipe off gently any dirt with a soft cloth or old toothbrush. Never use a hard brush or scouring pad.

Step 5: Rinse and dry it completely.


If you are wondering how to clean your copper and brass pieces, here is your solution!

Step 1: Take lemon a cut in half.

Step 2: Dip a half in coarse salt.

Step 3: Now slowly rub your tarnished copper pieces with the lemon. Gently squeeze the lemon to let the juice out.

Your copper jewelry will shine as new!

Baking soda

Step 1: Take a glass bowl or dish.

Step 2: Cover it with aluminum foil shiny part looking up.

Step 3: Place your sterling silver pieces in the bowl.

Step 4: Pour baking soda over the jewelry.

Step 5: Add the hot water to cover the pieces. Don’t use boiling water.

Step 6: You can give small touches with a soft toothbrush while they are inside the water. Don’t go fast & harsh and scratch the metal.

Step 7: Wait for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the tarnish, and take the pieces out.

Step 8: Gently wipe off remaining residues. You can use a soft cloth or cotton swab for difficult parts.

Step 9: Rinse with clean water.

Step 10: Dry your jewelry with a towel.

Don’t use this method for jewelry with stones, especially soft or organic stones.