How to Clean Your Jewelry Using Common Household Products

cleaning jewelryWhen I was growing up, my mom always told me to clean my jewelry regularly. But like most children, it took me until after I moved out of the house to realize that moms actually know what they're talking about. It might be too late for most of my bling, but from now on, I'm taking a page out of my mother's book and keeping my jewelry bright and shiny.

But instead of forking over some serious dough and getting your jewelry professionally cleaned, you can take the DIY route and clean your jewelry with common household items such as shampoo and dish soap.

To watch how it's done, check out this handy jewelry cleaning tutorial.

Do you have any go-to tricks for cleaning your jewelry?

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ILove... ILovemyPaulie

FYI, Clean silver with toothpaste & pearls with vegetable oil, NEVER SOAP! Pearls will lose their luster if you wash with soap that dries them out.

AniAngel AniAngel

Walk into the mall, then into a jewelry store, then hand the sales associate your jewelry. It's free and easy. If you buy an ultrasonic cleaner heavily watered mr clean makes a good solution, not good for emeralds, pearls, or opals, great for your husbands metal watch band. 

Amy Sykes

Don't clean silver with toothpaste, that's a myth. The abrasives in toothpaste will scratch your metals and dull your stones. 

Disso... Dissolutions

i take my wedding bands to kays jewlers and they clean and inspect them free for me, even though my rings didnt come from there they still do it :)

Irela... Ireland69

This is for gold jewelry.   I get Mr.clean and dish soap in a little pot and boil for a little while.  it loosens all of the soap scum, dirt or hand lotion from the crevices and makes your diamonds sparkle and other gems I don't know about pearls.  then i rinse them with cool water and get a soft towel and dry them.

nonmember avatar Bear

Never boil pearls! Never boil anything with stones either, as some filled stones can crack. Never clean silver with hydrogen peroxide. For gold and gems, I like Connoisseurs Jewelry cleaners. The liquid is great for soaking really dirty pieces and the gel is great for a quick clean. Alternately, ammonia cleaner and water and a baby toothbrush works great.
Also, wear your pearls often. Without the oils from your skin, your pearls can dry out, yellow and crack. Use them or lose them!

nonmember avatar vipin

I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing.

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