5 Tips for Cleaning Jewelry and Making It Shine Effectively

Over time, jewelry that you wear frequently can begin to develop a layer of dirty dirt that can make even the most lustrous of your gemstones dull. To restore its shine, you can entrust your jewelry to a professional for cleaning. However, this can be time consuming and quite expensive. A more convenient and inexpensive way to clean your jewelry is to make a homemade jewelry cleaner and clean your jewelry at home.

When your favorite jewelry no longer shines, you can clean it at home with a simple jewelry cleaner with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Commercial cleaners can be a bit expensive and full of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. The best natural jewelry cleaner costs pennies to make and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.

How to clean your jewelry at home

  1. Homemade Jewelry Cleaner with Tea Tree Oil
    With the growing popularity of going green, tea tree oil is a great substitute for chemical-laden commercial jewelry cleaners on the market today. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal and antibacterial essential oil.

Although tea tree oil has a strong odor, it is a useful alternative to common, harsh chemicals found in most cleaning solutions. Here’s how to clean jewelry at home with tea tree oil.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Using Tea Tree Oil
½ cup distilled white vinegar or witch hazel
1 drop of tea tree oil
Baking soda

  1. Homemade Silver Jewelry Cleaner
    Over time, you may notice that your silver jewelry looks tarnished and you have wondered how to clean a silver necklace or bracelet. Jewelry tarnishes because sulfur in the air creates a chemical reaction with silver.

This homemade silver cleaner is simple to make and won’t cost you much because most of the ingredients are ones you probably already have in your pantry.

DIY Silver Cleaner for Jewelry
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of salt
½ cup vinegar
Flat pan
Aluminum foil
Cover the pan with foil, making sure to place the foil shiny side up. Place your jewelry in the mold, making sure every part of the jewelry touches the foil. Mix boiling water, salt and baking soda.

Pour the mixture into the mold. Stir the solution with a spoon to break up the baking soda bits, then reposition the jewelry. Slowly add the distilled vinegar. This is one of the many fantastic uses for white vinegar. Let the cleanser and jewelry sit for five to ten minutes. Remove the jewelry from the pan and rinse with water.

  1. Best Homemade Jewelry Cleaner for Diamonds
    Ammonia can clean everything from your floors to your windows and can even be used to clean your diamond jewelry. If you don’t already have ammonia in your pantry, you can purchase it inexpensively at your local supermarket. It is a safe cleaning agent for your gemstones and can keep your jewelry looking like new.

Easy to Make DIY Jewelry Cleaner for Diamonds
1 cup of water
1 cup of ammonia
Place your jewelry in a small bowl. Pour the ammonia and water into the small bowl and let the solution sit for 30 minutes. Remove the jewelry from the small bowl and rinse it with cold water. Place the pieces on a towel and let dry.

If soaking the jewelry doesn’t clean the pieces well enough, you can use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to get a more thorough clean. Place the brush in the cleaner and gently tap around the holder with the brush bristles.

This should help remove any grime and dirt that may have accumulated in the crevices and around the mount. Dip the ring in the solution to remove any dirt, rinse and place on the towel to dry.

  1. Homemade Gold Jewelry Cleaner
    Unlike other precious metals, gold does not tarnish. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t need to keep it clean. Oils and dirt from your hands can quickly make it dull.

The baking soda, salt, and aluminum foil used to create this homemade gold jewelry cleaner generate a chemical exchange called ion transfer, which is a natural way to clean metals.

DIY Gold Jewelry Cleaner Recipe
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent
1 cup of hot water
Using a small bowl, line the inside with a small square of aluminum foil. Pour the salt, baking soda, and dish detergent into the bottom of the bowl. Add the hot water to the bowl. The mixture should start to fizz. Drop your jewelry into the mixture and let it sit for ten minutes.

Remove the jewelry from the cleaner and using an old soft-bristled toothbrush, gently scrub around the teeth and groves of the pieces. When you have finished cleaning the jewelry, rinse it in cold water and dry it.

  1. Homemade cleaner for semi-precious stones
    This recipe is perfect for semi-precious stone jewelry that can be damaged if exposed to the harsh chemicals found in commercial jewelry cleaners.

When choosing which liquid dish soap to use, find one that has anti-grease properties, but avoid those with harsh antibacterial characteristics as they can strip the finish on the surfaces of your jewelry.

Simple cleaning solution for semi-precious stones
2 cups of lukewarm water
2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
Fill a small bowl with a cup of lukewarm water. Avoid using boiling water as it can damage the surface of your jewelry and some stones. Add the liquid dish soap and stir with your hand to form bubbles. Fill a second bowl with the remaining cup of water; this will be used to rinse the jewelry.

Place your jewelry in the bowl with the liquid dish soap and let sit for ten minutes. Remove the jewelry and place it in the second bowl. Once you have rinsed the pieces, you can remove them from the bowl and place them on a towel to dry.