How to Clean Jewelry With Alka-Seltzer

by Lauren Griffin

Keep your jewelry sparkling by cleaning it with Alka-Seltzer.

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Over time, jewelry tends to lose its shine. Engagement rings and gem stone studded necklaces go from glittery to dingy with wear and exposure to the elements. Rather than sending beloved pieces of jewelry away to be cleaned and polished or purchasing expensive cleaners, household items found in a medicine cabinet, such as Alka-Seltzer, help erase a layer of grime and make your bling look shiny again.

Items you will need

  • 1 Glass
  • 6 to 8 ounces of water
  • 2 Alka Seltzer tablets
  • Cloth
Step 1

Fill a small drinking glass with 6 to 8 ounces of cool tap water. Make sure there is about an inch of room between the top of the water and the top of the glass because the Alka-Seltzer will make the water fizz and overflow if there is not enough space.

Step 2

Open up a packet of two regular Alka-Seltzer tablets. Drop the tablets into the glass of water.

Step 3

Immediately add the jewelry into the fizzing glass of water and Alka-Seltzer. After the tablets have dissolved, let jewelry soak for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 4

Take your jewelry out of the Alka-Seltzer solution. Use a cloth to wipe excess moisture away.

Warnings

  • Do not use flavored Alka-Seltzer or other varieties of the medicine because they may have artificial colors and dyes, which will not effectively clean the jewelry.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.