This is the best, quickest way to clean jewelry naturally! It’s easy, works on almost any type of jewelry, and doesn’t use a single harsh chemical!
I’ve always been pretty bad about remembering to clean my jewelry until recently when I came up with this really quick strategy to clean jewelry naturally. I’ve always felt like jewelry cleaning was kind of finicky and I’ve also been a little nervous about using those harsh chemical jewelry cleaners on a regular basis. I love that this method is natural, safe, and really effective at bringing back all that beauty and shine of your favorite pieces. You can clean your jewelry every week like this if you want to and it won’t take up much of your time or put you at risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals.
How to Clean Jewelry Naturally
I’m not a huge jewelry person, but the few things that I wear are things that I’ve worn pretty much constantly for years and years. For this little demo I’m going clean this silver bracelet that I haven’t worn for awhile because it’s gotten so tarnished and this white gold ring that I do wear constantly but that is so filthy dirty from all my my various DIY endeavours. 🙂
It really is nice to have the few pieces I wear look extra shiny and sparkly though.
To clean your jewelry you’ll need:
- boiling water (I just used water from the insta-hot tap on my water dispenser)
- baking soda
- dishwashing liquid
- aluminum foil
- a little bowl
How to Get Started
To start out, place a little square of aluminum foil in the bottom of your bowl with the shiny side up.
Set your pieces of jewelry down inside the bowl.
Next, add in about a teaspoon each of the baking soda and dishwashing liquid.
Slowly pour boiling water into the bowl and fill it up, or at least make sure that all your jewelry pieces are covered with the water.
Give it a little stir and leave everything to sit for about 30 minutes.
If your jewelry pieces have tarnish on them, you’ll be amazed to see the tarnish just melting away. Any other dirt, oil, or miscellaneous debris will also soften and much of it will just fall away into the bowl.
When the 30 minutes are up, grab a soft brush like a toothbrush used for cleaning and gently brush any ornate or detailed areas where junk could be sticking. Also brush gently around any stones.
Finish up by rinsing your jewelry pieces in cool water and polishing them with a soft cloth. I like to use an e-cloth glass and polishing cloth (the blue one, pictured above) because it seems to really grab on to any remaining tarnish and pull it off quite a bit more easily than a regular soft cotton cloth or tea towel.
That’s it! Clean and sparkly once again!
How do you clean your jewelry?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.