How To Clean Jewellery At Home (With Just ONE Ingredient!)

How To Clean Jewellery At Home (With Just ONE Ingredient!)

Diamonds are a girl's best friend! Keep them shining brightly by learning how to clean your jewellery today.

Whether you wear jewellery often or not, the outside elements can soon cause it to lose its shimmering sparkle. The air alone is enough to cause some metals to oxidise, discolouring them and altering their once-pretty appearance.

Even if you store your jewels, dust can soon build up around them and leave them looking lack-lustre.

Professional cleaning can be pretty expensive, and for most items, isn't really necessary. With just a few household supplies, you can give your jewellery the quick lift they need to get them shining brightly again. 

Sound good? Let's get started!


what you need to clean jewellery

You don't need much to get your jewellery looking better than ever.

  • Washing up liquid
  • Warm water
  • A small bowl
  • An old toothbrush
  • Paper Towel

How to clean jewellery at home

Ready to get started? Discover the four steps to glistening jewellery below:

  1. Fill a bowl with some warm water, add a few drops of washing up liquid, and stir to combine.
  2. Add your jewellery to the bowl, and leave to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Take your toothbrush, and begin to lightly scrub the jewellery clean. Take some time over this, being sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies.
  4. Rinse your items in clean, cold water, and dry with a bit of paper towel.
  5. Sit back and watch them sparkle!

Yes, it really is that easy. There's no need to pay for professional cleaning or use harsh chemicals. However, if you would like to try another method, you can also try using soda water, beer, ketchup, toothpaste and even vodka!

How to clean jewellery with beer

You might be surprised, but beer also makes a wonderful jewellery cleaner. Pour some beer on a cloth, wipe over your jewellery and dry with a clean paper towel.

Using soda water to clean jewellery

clean gold jewellery
SO shiny!

The gentle, natural fizzing of soda water is effective at cleaning a wide range of things, including jewellery!

Soak dirty jewellery in a glass full of soda water, leave to soak overnight, and wipe clean the next day.

How to clean jewellery with ketchup

Believe it or not, ketchup is an amazing household cleaner. It's particularly good at cleaning copper and other precious metals - good news for your dirty jewellery!

Fancy trying it out?

Drop your jewellery into a small dish filled with ketchup. Remove after five minutes and lightly scrub with an old toothbrush.

Rinse, dry and watch it sparkle.

Use toothpaste to clean jewellery

This one is so easy, it doesn't even require soaking!

Squeeze a blob of toothpaste onto an old toothbrush, and use to gently scrub your jewellery. Rinse well, wipe with a cloth to remove any residue, and dry with a paper towel.

Vodka will make your jewellery sparkle

Could vodka be the key to super-shiny jewellery?
The unlikely solution for dirty jewellery!

Most of us have an old bottle of vodka sitting at the back of our wine store.

It's time to finally make good use of yours. Go find it, and let's get to work cleaning your jewellery.

Just a few drops are all that's needed to make gems and chains sparkle. Dip a clean cloth into the spirit, and wipe over your jewellery to witness instant results

Which method will you be using to get your jewellery clean?

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Sally on September 27, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    OMG! I had a necklace that my fianće brought me a few yrs back and it had gone dull and I decided to try and clean with toothpaste,it's a miracle in a tube! It's the same as it was all those years ago. Thank you for your top tip ????

    1. Author Joanne A on October 3, 2018 at 10:13 am

      That's brilliant, Sally! Natural cleaners really are the best.

  2. Author richard quincey on July 3, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Hi Stephanie, Many thanks for all your great tips,shows how you can save so much money on a shopping list,important for us oldies !!

    1. Author Joanne A on July 3, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      You're welcome, Richard! We're glad you found the tips helpful.

  3. Author Lilach on July 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    So glad you don't put vinegar as something to clean I can't stand vinegar, its smell makes me vomit. Now I am sure I will use this option. Thank you.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      There are plenty of other natural cleaners out there! Glad you found the information useful, Lilach.

  4. Author Margaret wilson on February 25, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Foundation or lipstick cleans gold and silver .apply then wipe off with a cotton cloth

    1. Author Joanne A on February 26, 2020 at 11:17 am

      I have never heard of this, Margaret!


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