Depending on the material, you can use several solutions to sterilize earrings and other body jewelry. Many people consider ionic jewelry cleaners an excellent way to clean jewelry, but they do not sterilize or disinfect. Boiling water and bleach solutions can be used to clean and sterilize. Rubbing alcohol can be used to wipe down the posts of earrings, but it can sometimes cause certain gemstones to look cloudy. Vinegar is an amazing and natural cleaner that has antibacterial properties and is safe to use earrings and other jewelry of any material..
Pour white distilled vinegar into the glass dish. You only need enough vinegar to completely submerge the earrings or other jewelry.
Place earrings or other jewelry into the vinegar.
Allow to soak in the vinegar for about five to ten minutes.
Remove earrings and rinse thoroughly.
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