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Cleaning Your Jewelry At Home

When you love your jewelry and you tend to wear it every day, you might not notice that your jewelry is getting dull and dirty. With consistent use, dirt, debris, and grime can build up over time. Fortunately, there are many ways you can clean your jewelry. Even with no professional help or expensive tools, you can clean your jewelry with ingredients you already have at home!

In a previous article, we shared tips on how to keep your jewelry clean and why yearly jewelry check-ups are helpful. In this article, we’ll talk about the home remedies that will help your jewelry shine again.

Baking Soda 

Using baking soda will let you create a chemical reaction that will clean your accessories. If you are attempting to clean tarnish from silver, you can make a thick paste with ¼ cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Use this paste to rub, rinse, and buff your silvers.

For gold jewelry, you can cover it with water and add baking soda. You can let it soak in a bowl for a while before removing it and wiping it with a clean cloth. Make sure to let it dry before storing it in your jewelry box. Do not use this method for accessories with soft gemstones or pearls. 

Soap and Water 


The classic home cleaning duo: soap and water. This solution can quickly clean your jewelry without causing any harsh damage. First, you have to mix in a few drops of liquid dish soap with a few cups of water before soaking your jewelry. After a few seconds, you can remove them and wipe them dry. 

This is a gentle solution that is best for mild stains and dirt. Any major buildup wouldn’t be removed with this.

Aluminum Foil

Using aluminum foil will help clean your jewelry to make it sparkle. You can line a small bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in one spoonful of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and let your jewelry soak for one minute. Rinse the jewelry well and let it air dry.


Ketchup isn’t just for dipping fries. You can also dip your tarnished silver jewelry in it. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the ketchup into the different crevices and surfaces of your jewelry. Remember to do this gently so that you don’t scratch your jewelry! Do this quickly and rinse your jewelry clean. 


Want to make your diamond more sparkly? You can use toothpaste and an old toothbrush to help clear away the grime. You can lightly scrub it and reach the tough-to-reach nooks in your accessory. After doing this, you can rinse it with water and wipe it clean. 

You don’t need a fancy jeweler to clean your jewelry because it is so easy to do it at home. While this will help take care of your jewelry, it is best to bring them to a yearly checkup. A Gilded Leaf does this to make sure that your piece is in tip-top shape.

“Jewelry is like the perfect spice -- it complements what’s already there.” -Diane Von Furstenberg

What Does A Gilded Leaf Do During a Checkup?

Here is a more detailed look at what goes on during our checkup:

Inspect the condition of the prongs. 

Prongs can move or break so our jeweler will repair them if there’s any damage. 

Check the overall shape of the ring. 

Rings can conform to your finger’s shape and they can lose their round shape. Our jeweler can reshape it back to its pristine form. 

Check the condition of the shank.

The shank is the body of the ring. Depending on how worn out it is, we might have to add gold back to the shank. 

Polish the ring

After the check-up, we’ll polish the rings to remove any scratch marks and bring back the shine of your rings.

As a part of our commitment to keeping your jewelry at its best, A Gilded Leaf also includes a polishing cloth with all your orders. 

You can use it after cleaning and drying your jewelry pieces. Wipe your jewelry with the side with polishing compounds. These are ammonia-free cleaning anti-tarnish and polishing chemical compounds made to dissolve the buildup on your dirty jewelry. After polishing, you can use the buffing side of the cloth to gently make your accessory shine.

Looking for your next dainty everyday jewelry? Check out A Gilded Leaf’s collection to find your perfect accessory!