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Helpful Hints to Keep Jewelry Looking its Best

Sunday, September 17, 2023 - Cleaning jewelry is essential to keep it looking its best. Here are some life hacks to help you clean your jewelry effectively:

Soap and Water Solution:

  • Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water.

  • Soak your jewelry in the solution for 10-15 minutes.

  • Gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush or a jewelry brush.

  • Rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

Baking Soda and Water Paste:

  • Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water.

  • Apply the paste to your jewelry and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda:

  • Line a bowl with aluminum foil.

  • Place your tarnished silver jewelry on top of the foil.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the jewelry.

  • Pour hot water over the jewelry, and the tarnish will transfer to the aluminum foil.

  • Rinse and dry your jewelry.


  • Use a non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste.

  • Apply a small amount to a soft toothbrush.

  • Gently scrub your jewelry, then rinse and dry thoroughly.

Vinegar and Baking Soda:

  • Create a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

  • Soak your jewelry for 2-3 hours.

  • Remove and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a paste made of baking soda and water.

  • Rinse and dry.

Lemon Juice and Salt:

  • Mix equal parts lemon juice and salt to form a paste.

  • Apply the paste to your jewelry and gently scrub.

  • Rinse with water and dry.

Commercial Jewelry Cleaners:

  • There are many commercial jewelry cleaners available. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

Microfiber Cloth:

  • A microfiber cloth can be used to gently buff and shine your jewelry between deeper cleanings.

Ultrasonic Cleaner:

  • If you have valuable or delicate jewelry, consider investing in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, which uses sound waves to clean hard-to-reach areas.

Preventative Care:

  • To minimize the need for cleaning, remove jewelry before swimming, showering, or applying lotions and perfumes.

  • Store jewelry in a dry, cool place, ideally in separate compartments to prevent scratching and tarnishing.

Always exercise caution when cleaning jewelry, especially if it contains delicate gemstones or pearls. When in doubt, consult a professional jeweler for cleaning and maintenance advice.


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