Clean your Jewelry with Items from Home

Overtime our favorite pieces of jewelry that we wear often can become tarnished or rusty. Instead of throwing your favorite necklace or ring, try one of the methods below to clean your jewelry. Please be advised  that there are methods that only pertain to one type of meta.l All items can be found at a hardware and department store.

However, I must mention that real silver and gold does not rust! Silver jewelry can tarnish black overtime. If your silver jewelry turns black and has a hint of orange around various parts of your jewelry, that is not sterling silver. It is Iron alloy. Gold can receive a lot of dirt built-up and may  tarnish into a dark color.

  Cleaning Jewelry with a Baking Soda Paste

  What you’ll need:

-Warm Water

-Baking Soda

-Tooth Brush



-Plate ( For your baking soda paste)

-Soft Towel


  1. Mix baking soda and water together into a paste with the spoon and plate.
  2. Use the toothbrush to apply the baking soda paste all over your piece of jewelry
  3. Let your jewelry sit for a few minutes (2-7 minutes)
  4. Rinse your jewelry off with warm water
  5. Dry it off with a soft towel


Cleaning Jewelry with Aluminum Foil

(Sterling Silver Only)

ELLE Sterling Silver Earrings

  What you’ll need:

-Boiling Hot Water

-A tablespoon of Baking Soda

-Aluminum Foil

-Plastic or Wooden Utensil

-Cup or a Bowl

– Soft Towel


  1. Place your jewelry into the bowl/cup
  2. Add boiling hot water.
  3. Add a tablespoon of baking soda
  4. Add a sheet of aluminum foil ( tear it into big pieces before placing it into the bowl/cup.

 * There will be a foul egg smell!*

5.  Stir everything around but make sure all of your jewelry comes into contact with the aluminum foil.

6.  Rinse off your jewelry with water.

7. Dry them off with a soft towel


  Cleaning Jewelry with Vinegar

  (Genuine Gold Only)

Luxury Gold Earrings

  What you’ll need


-Warm Water

-Cup or a Bowl

-Tooth Brush

-Soft Towel


  1. Place your jewelry in a bowl/cup
  2. Add vinegar and water into the bowl.
  3.  Let it sit for 15-20 minutes
  4. Lightly scrub your jewelry with the tooth brush
  5. Rinse off jewelry with hot water.
  6. Dry off your gold with a soft towel

Before you spend your money on an abrasive jewelry cleaner, try one of the above methods and see how everything works out.

Happy cleaning!


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