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How to clean jewellery at home

It’s easy to keep your jewellery looking as shiny as the day you got it. Here’s how to use common household products to clean your jewellery at home.

Pile of silver bangles |

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There’s nothing like getting your jewellery professionally cleaned. It sparkles like it did the first time you put it on. But with busy schedules, we rarely have time to stop in at the jeweller’s for a cleaning. You can clean your jewellery at home with basic household items like antacid, aluminum foil and vinegar. Read on to find out how easy it is. You’ll never need to make a special trip to the jeweller again.

(Note that methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls. Use soap and water only.)

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Vinegar |


Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but not when they’re dirty! Soak diamond jewellery in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia for about 15 minutes, and then use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime, especially in the crevices of the setting and underneath the diamond.


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

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The fizzing power that works to soothe your stomach can also clean your jewellery. Drop two antacid tablets into a glass of warm water, followed by your baubles. Let it sit for about two minutes in the effervescent solution, and then remove and rinse it.

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Aluminum foil

Use aluminum foil to clean your tarnished silver jewellery much like you would your silverware. Line a tray with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil, and place your jewellery on the foil. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the jewellery, and then pour boiling water over it. The tarnish will transfer from the jewellery to the foil. You might need to flip or move the jewellery around so all sides come in contact with the foil. Remove, and rinse with water.

Soap and water

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For soft and porous gems like pearls and turquoise, you need nothing more than soap and water to get them looking their best. Clean your string of pearls by dipping them quickly in a solution of 2 cups warm water and a few drops of mild detergent (like Woolite). Wipe each pearl with a soft, dry, cotton cloth, and lay it flat to dry. (Pearls actually stay polished from frequent wear, so don’t be afraid to accessorize!) Turquoise doesn’t even need soap to come clean. Simply dip a soft-bristle toothbrush into warm water, and scrub the stone clean. Dry with a clean cloth, and then let it air-dry for several hours before storing.

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Photo credit: Vinegar bottle – Shawn Hempel / Hemera / 360 / Getty Images; soap bars – Laboko / iStock / 360 / Getty Images

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