As Good As New: Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

I’ve expressed my fondness for accessories on several occasions (1 & 2 for example). In this article in particular, we shall discuss (rather, I will demonstrate) the proper care instructions for your most precious jewels. Costume jewelry, ALDO purchases, vintage bangles…step aside. This one’s for all those real deals out there. Sterling silver, white gold, diamonds (if you’re out there), I’m talking to you.
Ladies, dig out your First Communion pieces, your graduation gifts, your personal indulgences and any of those pieces that you most cherish. Just like cleaning your makeup brushes, cleaning precious jewelry can be way low on the priority list. Consider this your cue to take 20 minutes out of your day to make your sparklers sparklier. Here’s your easy step-by-step guide to doing just that – be sure the entire piece is real or you’ll tarnish it! In a nutshell, there’s nothing like adding a little shine to your day.

  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Dish soap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Soft cloth
  • Small bowl
  • Scissors

1. Cut a piece of aluminum foil to cover bottom of bowl.

2. Add 1 cup of hot tap water.
3. Add 1 tbsp. of baking soda, salt and soap.

4. Stir mixture.

 5. Place jewelry in bowl and wait 10 minutes.

6. Rinse jewelry in warm water. Use a toothbrush to scrub extra dirty jewels.
7. Wipe with soft cloth.

8. Wear, admire and show off your good-as-new sparkle.


  1. Sabrina Salvo says:


  2. Just did this for my white gold, diamond, and sapphire jewelry. It works amazingly well!

  3. Trudy says:

    Great recipe, but I think there might be a typo……the picture shows A&H baking soda , but in step 3 you wrote baking “powder” (don’t worry, I know you mean baking soda…the miracle cleaner!)

  4. parker says:

    I used this on my new gold chain and it worked great.

  5. Livia says:

    This worked so well!! My diamond engagement ring looks the same as it does after it’s been cleaned at the jeweler! Shared this with all of my friends

  6. wow… I just tried this and it works really well. I dont think my rings have looked this good, since the day that my husband put them on my finger. Thank you so much. :D

  7. Ashley W says:

    What kind of soft cloth? Like a shamy to dry your car or a plain old Tee towel to dry your dishes? Thanks!

  8. Brenda says:

    I used polident to clean my rings. Big mistake. The yellow gold rings turned brassy color, quickly found your site on google, tried it, rings almost back to original gold color, any suggestions, its my moms wedding band,64 yrs.old, given to me.

    • Admin says:

      We’re so glad that our post helped to restore your rings back to the original colour! Thanks for reading Brenda!

  9. Courtney says:

    Will this damage any sterling silver or gemstones?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Courtney! Should be ok for gemstones, but we’re not sure about sterling silver. In any case, we’d recommend being careful and maybe testing the cleaner out on the back of the piece beforehand? Good luck! :)


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