Gold, silver and gemstone jewelry is expensive and needs to be maintained, but how many of us can actually say that we clean our jewelry regularly? You don’t need to spend a fortune on cleaning products, you can use a range of things you probably already have in your cupboard. spoke to jewelery experts from Ingle and Rhode to find out the seven household products you can use to clean your jewellery.

Some people take their jewelry to a professional jeweler to have it cleaned, but you can restore your jewelry yourself at home.

Whether you have gold, silver, or gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, you can probably find something at home to polish your precious jewelry.

However, always check with a jeweler before trying any fortune hacks, as some gems and jewelry can be damaged by chemicals.

If you have any concerns, it’s always safest to have your jeweler professionally clean and polish your jewelry.

Here are seven surprising things you can use to polish your jewelry.

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Aluminium foil

The leaf promotes the chemical process called ion exchange.

Line a bowl with foil, fill it with hot water, and mix in a tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent.

Soak the jewelry for one minute and let it air dry.

Denture tablets

Denture tablets can be used for a range of cleaning tasks, including cleaning jewelry.

They can help bring a diamond or sapphire back to life simply by placing it in a glass of water with a denture tablet for just a few minutes.

Finally, rinse the stone and buff it dry for best results.

Gentle shampoo

Delicate shampoos, like baby shampoos, can breathe new life into pearls, opals and turquoises.

Simply mix shampoo with warm water and use a soft brush like a makeup brush and buff each item in turn.

Whatever you do, don’t soak the jewelry!


Some gemstones can benefit from a vodka treatment.

You can put a ring in vodka for a few moments, clean it, dry it and the result will be sparkling!