How to Care for Stainless Steel Jewelry

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How to Care for Stainless Steel Jewelry
Clean your stainless steel jewellery using common household products. (silver rings bands on jewellery box image by Paul Retherford from

Stainless steel is a steel alloy containing a minimum of 10 per cent chromium metal. According to the St. Patrick's Guild website, "the chromium properties make the alloy resistant to corrosion or rusting." Stainless steel jewellery is stronger than platinum or silver, but needs proper care to maintain its metal properties. To keep your stainless wedding rings, pendants and necklaces pristine, clean with inexpensive and common household products.

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Things you need

  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Lukewarm water
  • Small bowl
  • Old T-shirt
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Old toothbrush
  • Non-whitening toothpaste
  • Stainless-steel polishing cloth
  • Ammonia-based window cleaner
  • White vinegar

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  1. 1

    Clean surface dirt. Mix 1 tsp of mild liquid detergent and 1 cup of lukewarm water in a small bowl. Dip the edge of an old T-shirt or lint-free cloth in the soapy mixture. To avoid scratches, rub the cloth gently over the stainless steel jewellery.

  2. 2

    Dip the dry edge of the cloth in warm water. Wipe the jewellery clean to remove any soap residue. Air-dry the jewellery on a clean cloth overnight, in a well-ventilated area.

  3. 3

    Remove dirt trapped in the crevices of your stainless steel jewellery. Squirt a small dollop of non-whitening toothpaste on the edge of an old toothbrush. Scrub the toothpaste gently into the etched or grooved areas.

  4. 4

    Rinse the toothbrush with warm water. Reapply the toothbrush to the dirty jewellery to lift ground-in dirt and remove any toothpaste residue.

  5. 5

    Dip the dry edge of the cloth in warm water to finish cleaning the piece of jewellery. Wipe clean with the dry edge of the cloth. Air-dry on a T-shirt or cloth overnight.

  6. 6

    Wipe your jewellery with a polishing cloth used for stainless steel jewellery. These cloths are available at jewellery stores.

Tips and warnings

  • Soaking your stainless steel jewellery in an ammonia solution, like window cleaner or undiluted white vinegar, is just as effective as using commercial cleaning products available at jewellery stores.
  • Never use wax to shine your stainless steel pieces. Wax can leave a light film on your jewellery.

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