Top 10 everyday items to clean your jewellery

Festive and shaadi season is right here and many of you would be shining bright in your ethnic wear.  Ethnic ensemble is incomplete without the jewellery and you might bring out your jeweled beauties at this time of the year. You might feel a little disheartened if you find that your jewellery isn’t shining bright as it should. Residues of sweat, perfumes, makeup from last use might have dulled the shine of the metal and a little cleaning might help you regain its original beauty. Mumbaigloss decided to list a few tips to clean your jewellery with everyday items which will help you to regain the shine of your jewellery back.

1. Toothpaste:

You love silver jewellery but feel discouraged to wear them as it blackens over time? Now you can simply squeeze out a bit of toothpaste (white variety) from the tube and rub it against the metal to bring back the original shine. You can also take help of an old soft brush to rub the surface. Silver jewellery, will become the shiniest! Your eyes will get used to the gleam.

Silver jewellery, Apala, Sumit Sawhney, IIJW 2014, best jewellery tribal

2. Tomato ketchup

Silver jewellery can get their shine back with Tomato Ketchup. Don’t keep them for too long though. Rub the surface and run it under clear water to get sparkly silver trinkets back to its original glory.

3. Mouthwash

Body jewellery like tongue piercing, navel piercing, eyebrow piercing, etc. and other silver jewellery can be cleaned and disinfected by placing them in a ceramic bowl filled with alcohol based mouthwash. Wipe them with a soft cloth to make them shine.

4. Tamarind:

Brass utensils and pooja thalis are common to many households. Even brass jewellery is becoming the latest rage (Indian’s obsession with yellow metal, you see.) But over a period of time brass blackens, making these items look worn out. This is when humble Imli, aka Tamarind comes to our rescue. Take tamarind pulp, add some water to make a thick paste and rub it on the surface of the brass items. Brass will shine like gold. Bling! Bling!

Brass jewellery

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5. Vinegar:

If you have jewellery which has filigree designs or is studded with semi-precious stones then you can use this potent kitchen item to clean your jewellery easily. Mix half a cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda into a flat ceramic dish. Mix the two ingredients slowly and you will see bubbles forming in this mixture. Place your jewellery into this solution for 2 hours then remove the jewellery and run it below tap water. It will sparkle like never before. Dry it with a soft cloth.

diamond bangle, clean jewellery

By Mahesh Notandas

6. Club Soda:

Club soda not only adds zing to your drinks but also adds a lovely sheen to your jewellery. Pour club soda in a ceramic dish and soak your jewellery in the liquid overnight. Remove it in the morning and see your jewellery shine. Tada! So easy.

7. Vodka:

Vodka gives your jewellery an equal high. Soak a napkin in Vodka and rub it on the jewellery body to remove any dirt or grime. It works wonders on the silver jewellery. You can also soak your rings and earrings in Vodka to make them look as good as new.

Spring 2014 by Alpana Gujral (3)

By Alpana Gujral

8. Aluminum foil:

Place aluminum foil at the base of a ceramic dish and fill it with hot water. Add bleach free detergent to the water and mix well. Place jewellery in the solution for 5 minutes. Chemical process ion exchange makes the surface of the jewellery shine. Wash your jewellery thoroughly before wearing.

9. Eno, Alka-Seltzer or any antacid

Drop an antacid tablet into a glass of water and then put any dull jewellery into the fizzing solution. It will come out sparkly clean.

Spring 2014 by Alpana Gujral (4)

By Alpana Gujral

10. Beer

Not ale but beer can be used to clean solid gold jewellery. Discolouration due to spices, food items can be easily removed with a cloth dipped in beer rubbed against the surface of the jewellery.

So what do you think about these items? Are there anymore tips to clean jewellery? Do leave a comment below.

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India,,, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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  1. this is interesting, now intead of running to the jeweller to get the jewelery cleanedup for the festival; using one of this would be easy-peasy

    thanks for sharing….

  2. Hi Mumbaigloss, thanks for the tips. Very helpful 🙂

  3. Amazing tips. Thank you for sharing!! Really helpful tips for me to clean up my jewellery.

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