6 DIY Ways To Clean Your Jewellery

The last time I had my rings cleaned was at a ‘Girls Night Out’ at the cinemas. Pretty much the only reason I got them cleaned was because it was free, otherwise they would have remained dirty and dull.  With no more jewellery cleaner left and the fact that buying more continues to escape my mind, I thought I’d look into alternative ways to clean jewellery and found some pretty cool ones that I never knew about, even ones with ingredients I already had at home (including the beer in the fridge).

6 DIY Ways To Clean Your Jewellery

Clean jewellery with beer

What? Beer? I occasionally drink beer but I’ve never thought of using it to polish up my jewellery! Apparently it works really well to bring back the shine to solid gold pieces. Just make sure you don’t get it on precious stones, it’s good for gold only. You simply pour it onto a soft cleaning cloth and rub the jewellery with the beer. And when I say beer, I mean the light amber coloured beer. Don’t go trying a dark ale like Guinness. Just stick to drinking that.

Clean silver with vinegar

I knew this one but for some reason have never really used it. To use, soak your silver jewellery in a vinegar mixture that is half a cup of white vinegar to two tablespoons of baking soda. Leave it soak for two to three hours and then rinse the jewellery with cold water and dry. The jewellery must be pure silver, though, not silver plated.

Use tomato sauce to remove tarnishes

Another food that you can use as a cleaner! Next time you’re thinking of putting some tomato sauce on your chips or hot dog, consider adding some to your silver jewellery! The tomato sauce is known to remove tarnishes from silver, the acidity is what removes the stains. Soak it in the sauce for a few minutes (ha, that’s making me laugh) and then rinse with water and wipe it clean. You want sauce with that ring? 

Soak in soda water

This one is perfect for my diamonds, sapphires and peridots and as luck would have it, Mr G just brought home a bottle of soda water last night simply for the fact that he got it for free with the purchase of a bottle of rum! Drop your jewellery into a glass of soda water and let them sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning you will be blinded by the sparkles coming out of the glass!

I was amazed at how well a cup of good old soda water worked. Have a look.


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Before cleaning with soda water

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Soaking in soda water over night

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After a night in soda water – see all the floaty bits! ewwww

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All nice and shiny!

Use vodka

I’m not a vodka drinker however I might have to remember this next time I’m pouring vodka for a friend. Apparently vodka is great for cleaning crystal and glass jewellery. Because vodka has corrosive qualities (gee, really?) it’s very effective in removing the grime build up, even on diamonds. Simply put a splash of vodka on a cloth or napkin and wipe it over your jewellery and it’s done. If you’re not a vodka drinker, I’m sure you’re friend won’t mind you having a little dunk.

Denture tablets

This is a genius idea and I bet a fraction of the cost of jewellery cleaner. I guess if you can put it on your dentures, it will be fine on your jewellery! Simply drop a denture tablet in a glass of water, add your jewellery, wait a few minutes and voila! Sparkling!


While where on the teeth theme here, why not try using toothpaste? Again, if you’d clean your teeth with it, why not your jewellery? Use an old toothbrush, clean and rinse off the residue.

What DIY tricks do you use to clean your jewellery? 

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  1. October 26, 2015 / 6:36 am

    Mental note, I must have my jewelry cleaned. I have my rings professionally cleaned and checked once a year, but they need doing far more often than that. Will try the soda water one tonight! 🙂

  2. October 26, 2015 / 6:38 am

    Great tips. I generally just wear mine in the shower to keep the sparkle alive. Naughty me has not worn my wedding rings for years! I kept damaging them looking after the kids and the housework so I popped them in storage!

  3. October 26, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Great tips, I’d heard of the vinegar one but not the others!

  4. October 26, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Oh my goodness Eva – I am LOVING your new look on your website!!! And a new name!! Love it!!! And these tips are fantastic – I’m going to try the soda water one today!

  5. October 26, 2015 / 7:43 am

    Thanks for reminding me it’s been WAAAAY too long since I cleaned my rings!

  6. October 26, 2015 / 8:23 am

    A little while ago I bought an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner cheap on eBay. It uses only water and vibration to clean your jewellery and works quite well. Afterwards I use a jewellery cleaning cloth to give them a little extra sparkle and shine. I’m going to try the soda water method a try though as it looks like it worked quite well for you.

  7. October 26, 2015 / 9:08 am

    I don’t wear jewellery but the denture cleaning one sounds genius.

  8. October 26, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I have to say I’m really lazy and usually only clean my jewellery when it gets its annual free clean at the jewellers. Although that’s expired now so I should probably give one of these a go.

  9. October 26, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Love the soda water idea!

  10. October 26, 2015 / 11:18 am

    This reminds me that I haven’t cleaned any of my jewellery since…. Never mind. Some great tips that I wasn’t aware of.

    PS. Love the new look and name!

  11. October 28, 2015 / 1:31 am

    I must give this a go! I usually use toothpaste, however, the other day when I was cleaning my jewellery they just didn’t have the sparkle they usually do. I might give the Soda Water a try too.. 🙂 thanks for the tips x

  12. October 28, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Dish washing liquid a very soft old toothbrush is also another goodie – just be gentle around stones, but they always come up shiny and a treat!

  13. November 12, 2015 / 7:35 am

    I’ve used denture tablets before, when my father-in-law left his here after they came to visit. I’ve also used foaming hand soap with an electric toothbrush. It’s got soft bristles (I’m not sure a hard bristled toothbrush would be good for this) and the rotating head does a great job at scrubbing. I scrub on top and underneath the diamond. I’m not sure which gave me better results, but I can attest that denture tablets do a great job!

  14. December 5, 2015 / 12:22 am

    WOW I have never known that soda cleans jewellery. I am really surprised. I am going to try it as soon as possible. I have 4 rings which are waiting to be cleaned. Thank you for sharing this post. Best regards!

  15. December 11, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Great article Eva – I was looking to find a quick and efficient way to clean my siler jewelry and now I know how! Thanks!

  16. January 29, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Hi there Eva, you just reminded me to check my ring, and ohh, it’s really dull. I haven’t been taking note of it but now i need to do that. And I didn’t know that sodas can do such a job. Thanks for sharing this.