How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro (Watch Video)

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Honestly, I rarely have my jewelry cleaned because I pretty much just don’t have the time to head over to my local jeweler. We spend so much money on jewelry yet it’s one of those items that kind of falls by the waistline when it comes to regular cleaning. My engagement and wedding bands are the most expensive (BY FAR) accessories I wear every day, yet I don’t give them the cleaning they deserve so they can sparkle to their fullest! What is wrong with me people??

There are lots of cleaners on the market such as Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner which can clean gold, platinum, diamonds, etc. Brilliant also makes a cleaner for sterling silver and silver plated jewelry.  If you want to spend a bit more then you can invenst in a home ultrasonic jewelry cleaner.  However, not all of that is necessary! There are TONS of hacks out there for jewelry cleaning. Products you probably already have in your cabinet or even in your refrigerator! Some of these are going to make your jaw drop. Check them out:


Did you know you can use beer to clean your gold?! Solid gold (minus any gemstones) can be cleaned by pouring a bit of beer (not a dark ale) onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the piece of jewelry. Use a clean second cloth or towel to dry.

Baking Soda

Make a thick paste with ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. This mixture will remove built up tarnish on your silver. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a big of vinegar over it and rinse clean. Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gemstones.

Alka Setzer

Just drop your jewelry in a glass of fizzing Alka-Setzer for a few minutes. It will sparkle and shine when you pull it out!


Apply a little toothpaste to an old toothbrush and use it to clean your diamond rings. Clean off with a damp cloth.


A few drops of vodka will clean any glass or jewelry with crystalline gemstones. Only diamonds and emeralds with benefit from a vodka bath. If you’re out you can dip your napkin in your vodka rocks to clean your glasses!


Ketchup cleans silver..incredible! Just submerge your silver piece into a bowl of ketchup for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove silver from the bowl, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a rag.

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Content Creator for Wardrobe Hackers

Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).


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