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Household Products You Can Use to Clean Your Jewelry [Slideshow]

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How often do you deep clean your jewelry? While we wash our clothes after wearing them, most of us don’t think about cleaning our jewelry. I don’t want to gross you out, but jewelry can collect dirt and even dead skin cells.

I know what you’re thinking: one more thing to remember to do, one more errand to put on my to-do list. Well, I have GR8 news. You don’t have to take your jewelry out to have it professionally cleaned, nor do you have to spend tons of time doing it yourself.

Everything You Need Is Probably in Your Cupboard

You probably have everything you need to get and keep your jewelry sparkling right in your kitchen cupboard. If you’ve read our genius baking soda hacks, you probably know you can clean your silver jewelry with baking soda.

However, there are so many more products you already have that can be used to clean your jewelry. Please note that these methods are not recommended for use on pearl jewelry.

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Tarnished Silver Jewelry (No Gemstones)

Ketchup: let tarnished jewelry sit in a bowl of ketchup for 5-10 minutes. Remove and gently scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Vinegar & Baking Soda: soak jewelry in a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar for a couple of hours. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Salt & Aluminum Foil: dissolve a tablespoon of salt into two cups of hot water. Add a few strips of aluminum and silver jewelry. Soak for a few minutes and stir occasionally. Rinse and dry.

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Gold Jewelry (No Gemstones)

Beer: pour a little beer on a clean, soft cloth and gently clean your jewelry. Dry with a soft towel.

Dish Soap: soak gold jewelry in a bowl with a few drops of dish soap and warm water for 10-20 minutes. Gently scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse and dry.

Boiling Water: so, so simple. Pour boiling water over your jewelry. When the water is cool to the touch, remove and gently scrub with a toothbrush.

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Gold, Silver, and Gemstone Jewelry

Window Cleaner: spray your metal and hard gemstone jewelry with window cleaner and use an old toothbrush to scrub off grime. Wipe with a soft cloth.

Seltzer Water: give your precious and semi-precious gemstones a bubble bath by soaking them overnight in a glass of seltzer water. Wipe dry and enjoy their sparkle.

Toothpaste: the ultimate, all-purpose jewelry cleaner, toothpaste can be used to clean all types of jewelry except softer stones and pearls. Use an old toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste. Dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe off the paste.

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Diamond and Crystal Rhinestones

Vodka: pour some vodka on a soft cloth and thoroughly wipe the grime away. If the pieces of jewelry are especially dirty, pour some vodka in a glass and swirl them around.

Mild Soap and Water: gently brush with an old toothbrush, rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Do not soak.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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