How to Clean Jewelry Naturally

by Patricia Zelm-Emmart

Taking care of valuable jewelry pieces will extend their life and keep them looking great for years of enjoyable wearing. Cleaning your jewelry naturally preserves them inexpensively while sustaining their heirloom quality.

Step 1

Take a plastic bucket, and line the bottom with aluminum foil. Pour hot water into the bucket. Add a cup of baking soda into the hot water, lay your silver jewelry into the water, and let stand. Rinse the pieces and allow to dry.

Step 2

Put jewelry into shallow bowl, and add water, along with one alka-seltzer tablet. Let this stand for 5 minutes. Rinse and wipe until dry.

Step 3

Place straight white vinegar onto a soft cloth and wipe jewelry.

Step 4

Grease and body oils can be removed by dipping it into plain rubbing alcohol. Use an old toothbrush to help remove dirt in small places on each piece.

Step 5

Gem stones and Pearls have different care needs than gold or silver jewelry with diamonds. Colored gemstones do not like the sunlight, this will change their colors. Pearls do not like any chemicals. So to clean pearls simply use lukewarm water and gently wipe them off.

Tips

  • Keep a consistent, weekly cleaning process. It's easier to take it in small steps.

Warnings

  • Never use a toothbrush on gem stones or pearls.

About the Author

Patricia Zelm-Emmart is a certified holistic fitness coach, freelance writer, and yoga instructor through The National Exercise & Trainers Association (Nesta) in California. Zelm-Emmart received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Lacrosse University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Madison University.