Make Your Jewelry Sparkle with This DIY Jewelry Cleaner (+ 6 tips)

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Even if you don’t wear jewelry every day, it’s going to end up needing to be cleaned. Oil from your skin and lotion residue can build up. And some materials tarnish over time.

You clean your clothes regularly, so why not your jewelry?

But don’t fall prey to the hype about expensive cleaning products. Avoid the myth of using toothpaste to clean your jewelry.

Instead, we’re going to share different types of DIY jewelry cleaner with you.

Read on to discover how to bring your jewelry back to live.

1.) Hold Silver Tarnish at Bay

Silver jewelry looks gorgeous but it tarnishes if you don’t wear it regularly. It’s actually the other metals (often copper) within silver jewelry that causes the tarnish.

Because these metals react with moisture in the air, you need to keep moisture at bay.

Place pieces of chalk in your jewelry box alongside your silver jewelry. It’ll soak up any extra moisture before it reacts with your jewelry.

2.) Try a Super Quick Cleaner

Line a bowl with aluminum foil. Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of salt with 1 cup of hot water.

This mixture works because of the combination of tinfoil, salt, and bicarbonate of soda.

They create an ion transfer. It’s this chemical exchange that cleans the jewelry.

Leave your jewelry in the solution for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and leave to dry.

3.) Make a Bath for Your Pearls

Pearls can’t take the same kind of cleaning methods as other jewelry. Protect them by putting them in a knee-high stocking. Nylon is best.

Knot the top of the stocking so they don’t fall out.

Add baby shampoo to a sink of warm water. Add the stocking of pearls and massage the nylon to clean the pearls.

Rinse with clean water and take the pearls out of the stocking. Pat them dry.

You can minimize the amount of cleaning you need to do by putting them on last. Avoid spraying them with hairspray, perfume, and other spritzes.

4.) Make Your Own Essential Oils Wash

Why not use the power of essential oils in your cleaner?

Start with 1/4 cup of distilled water. Add 1 tablespoon of Thieves household cleaner, 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, and 1 teaspoon of Thieves dish soap.

Mix thoroughly and leave your jewelry to soak for an hour.

Find an old toothbrush and clean any of those hard-to-reach places.

Rinse your jewelry (carefully, you don’t want it falling down the drain) and leave to dry.

5.) Use Gentle Solutions on Costume Jewelry

It’s not always easy to tell what costume jewelry is made of. Use gentle cleaning solutions to avoid damaging your pieces.

You’ll need a polishing cloth and an old toothbrush for this DIY jewelry cleaner.

Mix 3 drops of lemon oil in 1/3 cup of water. Soak the piece for anywhere between 5 minutes and overnight.

Scrub it with the brush then rinse it. Buff it with the cloth to get the shine back.

6.) Short on Supplies? Try This 2-Ingredient DIY Jewelry Cleaner

Mix a few drops of ordinary dish soap with glass cleaner in a bowl.

Add your rings to the mixture. For a light clean, just leave it to soak for a few minutes.

If your ring is more gunked up, run an old toothbrush over it.

Enjoy Beautiful Jewelry That Looks like It’s New

With these helpful recipes, you’ll be able to make your own DIY jewelry cleaner. You can get your jewelry looking brand new with just a handful of common household items.

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Written by Cary Byrd

Cary Byrd, owner of is on a mission to help people feel better using natural remedies and making wise choices into healthier lives, they love (and truly desire).