Homemade jewelry cleaner: How to keep everything sparkling!

How to make a DIY homemade jewelry cleaner?

Did you know it’s possible to make an easy homemade jewelry cleaner from the comfort of your own home?

Often people buy expensive jewelry cleaners or have their jewelry professionally cleaned in an ultrasonic, but there are so many store cupboard staples which actually do the job!

From cleaning jewelry with vinegar to lemon juice, here are some amazing DIY homemade jewelry cleaner hacks for different types of jewelry.

Why should I clean my jewelry?

dirty jewelry on muddy womens hands
With the recent global outbreak of the COVID-19 now is more important than ever to keep our jewelry germ free to avoid spreading the virus

From everyday dress jewels to those cherished pieces stashed away for special occasions, it is highly likely that your treasure trove could do with a little TLC from time to time.

A build up of soap, dead skin cells, dust and grime can get trapped in settings, stones, chains and fastenings creating a breeding ground for bacteria which can eventually lead to tarnishing and deterioration.

How to clean costume jewelry

cut and whole lemons used for acid cleaner
The natural acids in lemon juice remove oxidisation from costume jewelry

Making a homemade jewelry cleaner for costume jewelry could not be simpler! All you need is some white vinegar or the juice of a lemon.

Thanks to its natural acidity, using lemon as a homemade jewelry cleaner helps remove the oxide layer which forms on metals over time, causing it to darken.

By simply applying lemon juice all over your jewels and rubbing the pieces with a dry cloth, the lemon will naturally brighten up your pieces.

For more heavily tarnished items, try adding some baking soda to the lemon juice for an extra helping hand. Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Cleaning jewelry with vinegar is another alternative method for keeping your fashion jewelry clean. It may be considered as an ‘old wives tale’ but it really does work!

Add your jewels to a shallow bowl of white vinegar and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Swish the pieces around occasionally, making sure all the metal is coated. Remove your pieces and gently scrub them with a soft toothbrush before rinsing and leaving to dry.

Cleaning jewelry with vinegar does wonders for chains and makes them extra shiny!

How to clean silver jewelry

silver jewerly collection for cleaning at home
If sterling silver jewelry isn’t stored somewhere airtight or worn everyday, it can tarnish and dull over time

There are a number of homemade jewelry cleaner methods to help bring back silver lost lustre!

A fail proof technique for removing tarnish from silver jewelry is to cover a plate with a sheet of tinfoil, add 1 tablespoon full of bicarbonate of soda and another of salt. Pour 1 cup of hot water (not boiling) over the mix and stir until dissolved. Leave your jewelry to soak in the solution for 10-15 minutes.

By combining each of these components (aluminium, bicarbonate of soda and salt) a chemical reaction happens, helping lift the oxidisation off of your silver. After their soak, rinse your pieces thoroughly under warm water and leave to dry.

Another great DIY homemade jewelry cleaner hack is toothpaste! The mild abrasives found in white toothpaste (not gel) can remove light tarnishing from silver jewelry. Rubbing the paste gently onto your pieces helps lift stains, leaving them smooth and shiny after flushing with water.

Once clean and dry, buff your silver with a soft cloth and store in a cool, dark place. Better still, continue wearing your jewels as the oils of your skin act as a natural anti tarnish agent for sterling silver jewelry.

How to clean gold jewelry

gold ring washed in soapy water
Solid gold jewelry doesn’t tarnish, but it could always do with a little buff and polish to keep it looking its best!

The best way to clean gold jewelry is by mixing a bowl of hot water with washing up liquid to create a warm soapy mix. Place your gold jewelry in the bowl and leave it to soak for around 15-20 minutes. During this time, any dirt and debris will loosen itself from your pieces.

After soaking, lift out your pieces and use a soft toothbrush to gently clean any chain links and stones. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and leave your jewelry to dry on a soft towel or tissue paper, avoiding abrasive surfaces. This homemade jewelry cleaner technique will guarantee to get your gold jewelry sparkling again in no time!

When using this homemade jewelry cleaner method, it is important to note how to clean jewelry with stones. When cleaning any gold jewelry set with precious gemstones such as emeralds, opals, rubies or sapphires be sure not to place these in boiling water as the heat may cause the stones to crack.

How to clean jewelry with stones

soft toothbrush in glass jar
Only use a soft toothbrush for cleaning gems and stone set jewelry

Using almost the same method for cleaning gold jewelry, clean jewelry with stones by combining regular cool water with carbonated water along with some detergent in a bowl and leave your stone-set pieces to soak for 10-15 minutes. The carbonation helps loosen dirt and grime caught in the settings.

Using a soft toothbrush, give the cleaning process a little helping hand by gently brushing in more hard to reach places. Rinse your jewels with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

Now see your gems really sparkle!

How to clean pearl jewelry

clean pearl necklace
The outer coating of a real natural pearl is called the ‘nacre’ which is a fragile coating which can easily chip

Due to their organic nature, pearls are incredibly delicate and should be handled and cleaned with care.

General wear, perfume, chemicals and body oils can all damage the lustre of a pearls exterior, so it is important to gently wipe your pearl jewelry with a soft cloth every time you take it off, to remove any residue that may have built up.

To give your pearls a deeper clean, try this DIY homemade jewelry cleaner method by mixing a few drops of mild detergent with lukewarm water. Dampen a soft cloth in the soapy water and lightly rub each pearl individually to remove any dirt.

When cleaning string pearls, be careful not to submerge them in water as this will weaken the thread.

Shop for jewelry that helps save the ocean

Don’t forget that you can shop our full range of ocean jewelry at Citrus Reef including wave rings, anchor bracelets, shell necklaces and more.

Every purchase made helps protect coral reefs

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published