Home Remedies for Jewelry

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Constant wearing of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and ring can take its toll over time. The oils from our bodies and other substances can cause your favorite fashion accessories to dull, tarnish, and break. When you need a little repair or want to step out in shiny style, you may want to consider using a few home remedies for jewelry.

Jewelry Home Remedies

It’s hard to take off your wedding ring or remove the good luck charm hanging around your neck, but there comes a time when you have to clean or fix a piece of jewelry. In the long run, the material will look better and last longer. The following home remedies for jewelry provides plenty of opportunities to treat your pieces with cost-effective care:

a) Pencil Eraser:

When the back or clasp of an earring has fallen off or gotten lost, use a pencil eraser to hold it all together. Cut the end of a pencil eraser with something sharp. Insert the point of the earring through your ear hole and press into the piece of eraser.

b) Fabric Softener [1]:

Revamp the look of tarnished sterling silver jewelry by soaking pieces in a mixture of fabric softener, salt, and water. Heat four cups of water in a pot on the stove, and add four teaspoons of salt. Stir the ingredients until they dissolve. Add enough fabric softener to make the mixture cloudy. Soak the jewelry in the pot for one hour, and after removing, rinse under warm water. Use a clean, dry cloth to lightly rub clean.

c) Tape:

To prevent chains from tangling while you are traveling, cover both sides of the jewelry with transparent tape. This is also a good remedy to make sure that a pair of earrings does not separate while being transported. You can also use tape to make it easier to get a bracelet on. Attach the bracelet to your arm with a small piece of tape. After clasping the bracelet, simply pull off the tape.

d) Nail Polish:

If a stone in one of your jewelry pieces has come loose, use a small drop of clear nail polish to act as glue. The polish dries quickly and no one will be able to detect the repair.

e) Laundry Detergent and Aluminum Foil:

A small bowl lined with aluminum foil and filled with hot water can help clean your jewelry. Add one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent (the bleach-free kind) to the bowl, and place your silver pieces in the solution. Let soak for one minute before rinsing and then air drying. The jewelry is cleaned by a chemical process called ion exchange.

f) Vodka:

To clean your crystalline gemstones, soak your diamond ring in a shot of vodka. When you take the piece out of the liquid, use a soft cloth to polish it to reach a shine. This remedy will only work with diamonds and emeralds – do not use on any other pieces.

g) Alka Seltzer:

Dropping costume or inexpensive jewelry into a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer for a couple of minutes will help eliminate a dull look and add shine to your pieces.

h) Ammonia:

A solution made out of ½ cup clear ammonia and one cup of warm water can brighten up your gold and silver jewelry pieces. Simply allow your trinkets to soak for 10 minutes before
gently wiping with a soft cloth. Dry before wearing or storing. Do not use this remedy on jewelry with pearls or you will damage their delicate surface.

i) Candy Tin:

Don’t toss away your broken jewelry – it may find a use in the future. Perhaps you plan on fixing a few pieces. Keep all of these items in a safe place by storing in an empty candy tin.

j) Film Canister:

An empty film canister that once held 35mm film can be used to keep jewelry together when you take it off at the gym. Keep the canister in your gym bag and you should have no problem misplacing your rings and earrings.

k) Baking Soda:

To remove accumulated tarnish on silver jewelry, add two tablespoons of water to ¼ cup of baking soda to make a cleaning paste. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub before rinsing and buffing dry.

l) Baking Soda and Vinegar:

Polish gold jewelry by covering the piece with a light coating of baking soda. Pour a bit of vinegar over the baking soda, and then rinse clean. Keep in mind that this method can loosen the glue and damage the finish on jewelry made with pearls and gemstones.

m) Beer:

You can use a small amount of beer (excluding dark ale) to polish gold jewelry. Use a soft cloth to gently rub the liquid over the piece. Use a clean cloth dry. Use this remedy on jewelry with no gemstones.

n) Club Soda:

Soak your diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds in club soda to add shine. Let them soak overnight.

o) Denture Tablets:

If you want your diamond ring to sparkle like the first time you wore it, drop a denture tablet into a glass filled with one cup of water. Add your diamond pieces to the liquid and let it sit for a few minutes. When the jewelry is removed, rinse to reveal a revamped look.

p) Ketchup:

Tarnished silver jewelry responds to a treatment of ketchup. Dunk your piece into a small bowl filled with the condiment for a few minutes. Use an old toothbrush to scrub down the jewelry – making sure to get into all crevices. Rinse the jewelry clean, and dry.

q) Straw:

If you constantly have a problem with your favorite gold chain getting tangled or kinked, try sliding it down a straw when storing it. Cut the straw to fit if the chain is shorter than the straw.

r) Toothpaste:

Polish a diamond ring with an old toothbrush topped with a bit of non-gel toothpaste. Use a damp cloth to remove any residue.

s) Vinegar:

Create a mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda to treat dull silver jewelry. Leave a treatment on for two to three hours before rinsing under cold water. Thoroughly dry the pieces with a soft cloth.

t) Vodka [2]:

When looking for a home remedy to clean your crystalline gemstones, a few drops of vodka can help. Dip a napkin in vodka and polish your diamond ring. Do not use vodka on other gemstones – just diamonds and emeralds.

u) Window Cleaner:

Spray on window cleaner and rub into the surface of metal and crystalline gemstones (like diamonds and rubies) to create an attractive shine. Avoid using this remedy on opaque or organic stones, such as pearls, coral, opal and turquoise – the cleaner can damage and discolor these gems.

v) Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide:

To clean and add shine to gold and silver jewelry, make a paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Gently rub onto your jewelry to remove dirt, grime and body oils.


[1] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 274.
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 371.