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How to clean silver and gold jewellery at home

Jewellery enhances your face and the fashions you wear. Gold and silver accessories can transform a plain outfit into a designer look with the addition of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Silver and gold jewellery can last for decades if given the proper care. Sterling silver tends to tarnish over time, and gold can get dirty just from daily wear. Know which cleaning method is right for the different kinds of jewellery you own.

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Clean gold jewellery

  1. Combine one part water and one part household ammonia in a small bowl. You can find ammonia in the cleaning supplies aisle at supermarkets.

  2. Soak your gold or white gold jewellery in the solution for 30 minutes.

  3. Scrub the items gently with an old toothbrush if it is detailed or especially dirty.

  4. Swish the jewellery in the solution once more and allow it to air dry. There is no need to rinse.

Clean silver jewellery

  1. Line the bottom of a medium-sized bowl with aluminium foil.

  2. Fill the bowl half full with hot water.

  3. Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of washing powder. Do not use products containing bleach.

  4. Stir the mixture until the detergent dissolves.

  5. Place your sterling silver jewellery into the bottom of the bowl. Let it soak for about one minute, then rinse the jewellery thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

  6. Tip

    Soak your sterling silver jewellery in a small bowl with a little washing-up liquid overnight for tough or extra dirty jewellery. You can use an old toothbrush to remove dirt from the crevices. Rinse well and dry with a soft towel.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • Aluminium foil
  • Washing powder
  • Household ammonia
  • Old toothbrush

About the Author

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.

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