Professional, store-bought jewlery cleansers will definitely make your jewelry, sparkle. But budget-minded solutions exist as well. David Mamane, CEO of MyJewelryBox.com, shared his favorite, easy-to-use at-home, with the Advice Sisters. And now, I’m sharing them with you!
Toothpaste – Toothpaste is non-toxic and should be used exclusively for silver jewelry. Put a dime sized amount on your finger and apply in a circular motion on the object of your affection. After a minute, clean off toothpaste with warm water and wipe dry with a dry cloth. Advice Sisters Tip: you can use toothpaste on pearls, too, but select a regular, smooth, non whitening toothpaste and use a light touch–don’t scrub! Check out the Advice Sisters blog post on how to clean pearls).
Shampoo – Mix with warm water; specific to pearls. Boil water in a pot with a little shampoo for 10 minutes. Then scrub very gently with a soft toothbrush, rinse with cold water and leave to dry on a towel or paper towel.
Baking soda – Cleaning with baking soda should be used exclusively for sterling silver jewelry. Line a glass or plastic dish with a slightly crumpled piece of aluminum foil. Lay your jewelry on top of the foil and sprinkle baking soda over each piece. Pour enough boiling water to immerse the jewelry. Bubbling should occur, giving off a rotten-egg odor. With a wood or plastic utensil, gently move the pieces around to ensure that all of the silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum. You will notice that the silver has become bright again. Rinse your pieces under tap water and rub dry with a dry cloth.
Vinegar – Mix with water and use a soft toothbrush to clean; for silver or gold jewelry. Place the vinegar in a small jar put your jewelry inside. Let the items soak for about 15-20 minutes. Shake the jar gently for a few seconds, then remove items and gently brush them with warm water.
Dish Detergent – Mix with warm water; for delicate silver or gold jewelry. For your most delicate pieces, use unscented dish soap and warm water. Dip a dry rag or soft bristled toothbrush to clean these pieces.