Jewelry sparkles and shines, but it can get dull over time with everyday wear and tear on your diamonds, pearls, gems, and more.
When you need to make some jewelry shine bright again, try these easy DIY jewelry cleansers to revitalize your favorite accessories! We’ve picked out seven of our favorites that we think you’ll love as much as we do! Read on to find the one that works best for you!
1) Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is good for removing dirt, grime, and oils from most types of jewelry. It’s also safe for many stones and can be used on pearls, opals, and other soft-material jewelry.
Because it evaporates quickly after being applied, rubbing alcohol is ideal for cleaning jewelry when you’re in a hurry. Simply dip a cotton ball into some rubbing alcohol and gently dab at your jewelry until it shines.
Be sure not to leave any residue; if you don’t have any water handy, simply shake off as much of the alcohol as possible with another clean towel or rag before putting away your precious pieces. The same technique works well with household cleaners.
Just make sure they are labeled as safe for use on… whatever material or item they will touch before handling them with reckless abandon!
2) Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is one of the most versatile cleaners you can use for your jewelry. Simply squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto a cotton ball and rub over your rings, earrings, and diamond heart necklaces. Wipe with an old t-shirt and enjoy!
Lemon is also great for cleaning up mild scratches on watches, bracelets, and gold chains. This technique should not be used on silver as it may discolor it—you’ll want to work with mild soap or baking soda instead.
3) Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is one of our favorites, because who doesn’t love that fresh-out-of-the-dishwasher smell? To do it, just add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to an old toothbrush, mix it together with warm water and give your jewelry a nice scrub.
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4) Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is known for its ability to eliminate germs and clean cuts. But did you know that it can also be used as an easy DIY jewelry cleanser?
All you need is some warm water, hydrogen peroxide, and an old toothbrush! Dip your dirty pieces in warm water, then rub them gently with your toothbrush before giving them a final rinse in cold water.
Keep your shiny diamonds clean by rubbing small amounts of hydrogen peroxide on them after every wear. It’s cheap, effective, and way better than buying one of those expensive cleaner kits. Want another great cleaning hack?
5) Olive Oil and Salt
This easy DIY jewelry cleaner is all you need to shine bright. Mix some olive oil and salt together (1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup salt), then dip your best Colombian emerald earrings into it for about 10 minutes. Take out of the mixture and wipe clean with an old t-shirt or microfiber cloth.
Your jewelry will be brand new! If there’s excess gunk on your pieces after dipping them in the solution, a toothbrush can help get rid of any grime lurking on your bracelet charms.
6) Baby Powder and Water
Baby powder is an excellent DIY jewelry cleanser because it’s soft on delicate items and doesn’t require you to use any harsh chemicals. It also keeps your jewelry looking brand new.
All you need is a bowl of warm water, some baby powder, and clean gloves. Make sure your hands are dry before handling your jewelry so that you don’t leave fingerprints or smudges, then gently scrub with a little bit of baby powder on a damp cloth.
Rub until clean and rinse in lukewarm water for a spotless shine! Don’t forget that diamonds can be damaged by extreme heat (like from dishwashers), so avoid exposure as much as possible.
7) Talcum Powder and Water
Mix talcum powder with water in a small bowl, then dip your favorite jewelry into it. Use soft brushes and sponges (be sure they’re clean) to gently scrub off any stubborn dirt. Once you’ve cleaned your jewelry, rinse it with cold water.
You may want to repeat until satisfied with how bright your gems shine. This remedy is ideal for light-colored gemstones and pearls—anything else will be tinted white or gray!