How to Clean a Crystal Necklace

by Delialah Falcon ; Updated September 28, 2017

You need to apply proper cleansing techniques to keep a shiny finish on your crystal necklace. Crystals are delicate stones that require special attention in order to maintain their sparkle and luster.

Basic Cleaning

Gently wipe the crystal necklace with a soft cotton towel or cloth. Make sure the cloth is free from lint.

Dust off the crevices in the necklace with a clean, dry, soft-bristled paintbrush.

Fill a large bowl with hot water. Add two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and stir well with a spoon until suds form.

Place crystal necklace in bowl and allow to sit for three to five minutes.

Soak a soft-bristled toothbrush in the soap and water solution for two minutes. Use an old toothbrush that is broken in to prevent abrasion when cleaning.

Remove toothbrush and necklace from the bowl. Gently cleanse the necklace with the toothbrush. Use soft but firm strokes to swipe the necklace in one direction.

Dump the soapy water out and fill the bowl with fresh, hot water. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to the water. Soak the crystal necklace in the water and vinegar solution for one minute or until no soap remains.

Dry the necklace with paper towel. Gently dab the paper towel over the necklace. Refrain from rubbing or applying pressure to the necklace.

Place the crystal necklace on a paper towel to dry. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or until dried completely.

Stains

Follow Steps 1 through 6.

Fill a large bowl with hot water. Add two teaspoons of rice. Place the crystal necklace in the bowl and gently swirl around for one minute.

Dry the necklace with paper towel. Gently dab the paper towel over the necklace. Refrain from rubbing or applying pressure to the necklace.

Place the crystal necklace upside down on a paper towel to dry. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or until dried completely.

Stubborn Stains

Follow Steps 1 through 6 in Section 1 and all the steps in Section 2.

Add one cup of baking powder to a medium stainless steel bowl. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well. Add more lemon juice as needed until a thick paste forms.

Apply the paste to the necklace. Gently rub the paste with your fingertips over the necklace for one minute.

Fill a large bowl with hot water. Soak the necklace for three minutes.

Dry the necklace with paper towel. Gently dab the paper towel over the necklace. Refrain from rubbing or applying pressure to the necklace. Place the crystal necklace upside down on a paper towel to dry. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or until dried completely.

Tips

  • To minimize stains, always put your crystal necklace on after you have finished styling your hair and applying make-up and perfume.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Delialah Falcon has been writing professionally for eight years. With extensive experience in all aspects of both technical and creative writing, Falcon specializes in content writing, research, proofreading/editing and health/medical journalism. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dowling College and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health.