Is your silver or gold jewelry tarnished black or completely dull? You can save yourself the money of having it professionally cleaned and polished by a jeweler. You can do the same with simple home remedies. This way, your jewelry will shine again!

Home remedies for cleaning silver jewelry

Silver jewelry unfortunately turns black over time, because the sulfur compounds in the air react chemically with the silver. But don’t worry, this can be reversed: With these tips, your jewelry will be really clean and shiny again!

  • Cleaning silver with a baking soda mix

You can easily get silver jewelry clean again with baking soda. Mix a little water with baking soda. Apply the mixture carefully with a soft toothbrush on your jewelry and leave the paste for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly with a microfiber towel.

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  • Cleaning silver jewelry with aluminum foil

Put a few pieces of aluminum foil cut into small pieces in a bowl and pour hot water over it, also add a teaspoon of salt. When you put the silver jewelry in the solution, you will see how the aluminum foil turns black. Together with the salt, it will attract dirt and discoloration from your silver jewelry. Then rinse your jewelry and dry it carefully but thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.

Caution: If you have gemstones attached to your jewelry, you should not use this method! There is a risk that the stones may come off or be damaged.

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  • Perfect silver jewelry cleaner: vinegar

Vinegar is an effective cleaner for tarnished silver jewelry. Just put it in a small bowl and cover it with vinegar. Depending on how dirty the jewelry is, soak it for anywhere from 15 minutes to a maximum (!) of two hours. Rinse it with warm water and polish it thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.

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Home remedies for cleaning gold jewelry

Pure gold does not actually tarnish. But added metals react to hydrogen sulfide in the air. The higher this percentage, the more your gold jewelry may tarnish. Deposits of creams, skin flakes or dust and dirt also settle on the surface of earrings, necklaces, bracelets & co.

  • Baking soda cleans gold in a few minutes

Baking soda works wonders on tarnished gold jewelry! Put some baking soda, a knife tip is enough, on a soft microfiber cloth and rub the gold jewelry with it. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a microfiber cloth as well.

  • Cleaning gold jewelry with dishwashing detergent

You can make your gold jewelry shine again with dishwashing liquid! Simply fill a bowl with warm soapy water and put your jewelry in it. Now let the dishwashing liquid mixture soak in for 30 minutes. Then rinse with water and dry the gold jewelry with a microfiber cloth.

Beware of phosphates in dishwashing detergents: You’d better not buy these products, as they pollute the environment and your health. By the way, you can also get rid of fruit flies for good with a mixture of vinegar and washing-up liquid!

  • Toothpaste trick makes gold shine

Toothpaste not only ensures bright white teeth, but also makes gold shine. Use a soft toothbrush to carefully clean your gold jewelry. Then rinse with warm water and carefully polish dry.

Caution: The toothpaste must not contain any abrasive particles so as not to scratch the jewelry!

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  • Make gold jewelry shine again with denture cleaner

Sounds strange, but is super effective: Denture cleaner makes gold clean again! Take a bowl of water and dissolve a tablet of Kukident or similar in it. Add gold jewelry and leave it in overnight. The next morning, rinse with detergent and water and dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.