How to Clean Tarnished Jewelry

cleaning tarnished jewelrySooner or later, jewelry gets tarnished. Jewelry gets tarnished through normal wear and tear. Everyday items such as dirt, dust and skin oil in your environment can contaminate your jewelry. If you discover your jewelry is getting tarnished, do not worry. There are many ways for clean your tarnished jewelry.




Jewelry Cleaning Products in Pawn Shops

Jewelry cleaning products are available in most pawn shops. Most are inexpensive and simple to use. Ask your local pawn shop for advice about your tarnished jewelry. You can purchase a polishing cloth, cleaning solution and brush.


Every Day Jewelry Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products for your jewelry are available in your home. You can use the following products to clean your jewelry. In addition to the cleaning solution you will create, you will need a small container, a jewelry cleaning cloth and a brush.

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Dishwashing liquid can be used for not only dishes but jewelry as well. Make sure to test if it will work on your jewelry by placing a little bit of the dishwashing soap in a hidden part of the jewelry. Rub it slightly and check if the tarnish is fading.
  • After testing to see if the dishwashing soap works with your jewelry, gather your materials. You will need a small container and water. Soak your jewelry for five to ten minutes in warm water and dishwashing soap. Use a jewelry cloth and/or brush to gently scrub the jewelry. Rinse with warm water and air dry on a lint free cloth.
  • You can soak the jewelry overnight if needed.
  • Baking soda and water solution
  • If you have baking soda, you can use it to clean your jewelry. Again, we recommend you test a small hidden part of the jewelry by placing some of the solution on the jewelry. Rub it slightly to check effectiveness.
  • Please place three parts baking soda and one part water into your container. Place your jewelry in the container and rub with a lint free cloth and/or brush. After cleaning, you can put it on a paper towel to dry.
  • White vinegar and water
  • If you do not mind the smell, vinegar is a great cleaning product. In your container, place equal parts white vinegar and water. Place your jewelry in the container. Brush it gently to remove the dirt and grime. Place on a paper towel to dry.


Keeping Your Jewelry Clean

Now that your jewelry is clean and free of tarnish, keep your jewelry in a jewelry box when not in use. Remove your jewelry before applying any skin care product to avoid tarnish. Clean your jewelry regularly to prevent tarnish and keep your jewelry shiny.

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