Easy Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner is easy to make and uses ingredients and materials you already have on hand. This method works great with tarnished real and costume jewelry. As always, take extra care when cleaning precious metals and stones with any homemade jewelry cleaner.

Homemade Jewelry CleanerOkay… so I was unpacking and going through some of my jewelry … AND…. I found that all of my inexpensive jewelry that has been sitting in my jewelry box was tarnished and yucky and dirty! I forgot I even had some of it! So… I began a search for some kind of homemade jewelry cleaner so I didn’t have to go buy some! I stumbled upon this jewelry cleaner recipe using only boiling water and baking soda so I thought WTH I’ll try it…. AND…. It was like magic! Even my yucky, tarnished CTR ring that I LOVE was Sparkly clean and looked brand new! It made me very happy so I thought I’d share my find! Here’s the recipe below!

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Instructions:

1. Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil, shiny side facing outward.

2. Place the jewelry you want to clean in the bowl making sure it’s touching the foil.

3. Cover the jewelry with baking soda – just enough so that you can’t see it.

4. Add boiling water – enough to immerse the jewelry.
5. Let soak for 3 to 5 minutes ( or less if it’s not really dirty).
6. Use tongs or a fork to lift out the jewelry  (you don’t want to get burned) and rise under cold water. And voila! You’ve got sparkling jewelry with this homemade jewelry cleaner.

If the jewelry is very dirty or very tarnished – like silver or gold – then you may need to repeat the process so just add a little more baking soda and more boiling water – but make sure it’s boiling, that’s key!  You can also use a toothbrush to get in all the nooks and crannies of detailed jewelry. Be careful with precious gems, stones and metals.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Tips

This method works great on sterling, silver, gold, costume jewelry metals.. But do be careful if you’re got a lot crystals glued into a setting and limit soaking to no more than 90 seconds – or you might melt the glue. Also, don’t immerse natural pearls in this solution – it’s too caustic. It is however, fine for most gemstones and this homemade jewelry cleaner works wonders on cubic zirconia (CZ stones)! And in case you’re wondering ….it also works fab for cleaning silverware, silver frames or any silver home decor!

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    January 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for this I will have to try this out shortly 🙂


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    April 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for the cleaning recipe. It worked great!!! Just so you know, it works without the tinfoil too. I forgot that step by the time I got downstairs and just used the baking soda and boiling water. My rings and earrings sparkle like I just bought them at the store. So very, very easy:)

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    May 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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    Jillie Bean
    August 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Just used it on our wedding rings, they are beautiful! Thanks!

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    November 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

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    February 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    This is fabulous! Thank you so much. Once again, your help and info are priceless!

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    June 4, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I tried it this weekend and it works. Only difference between your recipe and the one I used was that I had to line a glass bowl with aluminum foil (shiny side out). I WAS AMAZED.

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    katherine floritto
    June 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I’ve used this many times and it works very well. As for the toothbrush – be cautious, particularly if the stones are genuine and there’s a possibility that some may be a bit loose in their setting.

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    February 28, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Homemade jewelry cleaner seems to be the best way to clean the silver jewelry. I hope that this method will help people to clean their jewelry effectively.

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    May 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    This method should not be used to clean anything with natural emeralds (lab created should be ok), opals, or pearls. None of these items should be exposed to extreme heat.

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    January 9, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Wow! So interesting! It is very good to know that I can clean my jewellery with so simple ingredients! I will definitely try this at home!

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    Madie C
    January 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Why do you need aluminum foil?

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    Valerie Jeck
    March 31, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I had no idea that I can use so simple products like baking soda and foil in order to clean my tarnished jewellery. I thought that I should spend a lot of money on some special cleaner but it turns out that it is easier than I thought. Thank you a lot for sharing this unique cleaning recipe!

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    June 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea! It’s time for our wedding rings to get cleaned already and I’m going to use your cleaner. Thank you for the hint!

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    November 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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    Molly white
    January 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    You did not mentioned about the gemstones jewellery and pearl earrings ! Can i cleaned them using the above tips to clean sitting at home.

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    February 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm

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    April 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you for these tips on how to test sterling silver with this magic jewelry cleaner.

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    Opal Mineaus
    August 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Lovely post. I tried your cleaning recipe and it worked to perfection. I had a huge stock of jewellery which I have not worn in a long time. So I thought might as well try wearing it. But it was so dirty my god. After using the jewellery cleaner, all my old jewellery looks like brand new. I love it completely. This is fabulous. Thank you so much..
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    Sandra Olson
    September 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I just use a little toothpaste on an old soft toothbrush and they look great.

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    January 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I have used this method for years. I love it. Only issue I have ever had is a necklace that turned white and I’m not sure why. I use one tablespoon soda one tablespoon salt and one cup boiling water. If the jewelry is really bad add one tablespoon of dish soap. Soak rinse and appreciate!

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    January 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

    so sweet

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    January 17, 2017 at 4:31 am

    I can do it…

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    Kathy James
    January 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I’m so glad I found this! My wedding ring was my husband’s mother’s in the ’70s… it’s so beautiful, but needed to be cleaned so badly. This worked perfectly: Thank you!

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    Katherine Branson
    November 14, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I used this method and it really works! But I used a very fine and soft brush because I’m scared to lose the crystals in my old ring.

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    May 31, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This really works! Cleaned my tarnished 32″ flat oval link chain using the homemade solution. It began working immediately, but left the chain in the solution for 3 minutes then rinsed and dried. The chain looks brand new!

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    Julya Jerin
    March 29, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, It works for me. I thought it is a poor concept but I work for me. But Do you recommend this method for every type jewelry? As I like to apply the way to clean my pearls. Thanks and wait for your answer.

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