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How to clean your jewelry so it sparkles even longer

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

This just in: You can clean your jewelry at home your own darn self

If your favorite jewelry's seen better days, there's something you can do about it — besides selling it on eBay for a song. Most of us probably have these common cleaning ingredients already sitting in our kitchen cabinets. That's right — sometimes soap and water (and maybe ammonia and aluminum foil) are enough to get a grungy ring or bracelet looking totally brand new again.

But remember: Methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls. Use soap and water only. For the rest of your baubles, you can shine them up with one of these handy jewelry-cleaning hacks.


That diamond isn't going to keep its sparkle all on its own. Soak diamond jewelry in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime, especially in the crevices of the setting and underneath the diamond.

More: 11 DIY natural cleaners that actually get the job done


Cleaning your gold and gemstone jewelry couldn't be easier with white vinegar. Simply drop the jewelry into a jar of vinegar and let sit for 10 to15 minutes, agitating occasionally. Remove and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush, if necessary.

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