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How to clean earrings: The best tips for gold and silver jewelry

How to clean earrings: The best tips for gold and silver jewelry

You love your earrings, wear them almost every day, but the wear and tear is starting to show? With these cleaning tips, you’ll be able to make your favorite hoops as sparkly as the day you got them!

Jewelry starting to look dull?

Jewelry is a great way to round off your outfit and add that extra je ne sais quoi. But if you wear necklaces, rings, and earrings often, they may eventually start to look dull, especially your favorite, most-worn pieces. Creams, dust, dirt, and skin flakes make the surface look dull. Here are some tips for you on how to clean your earrings!

Cleaning gold earrings

Not all gold is the same – the lower the amount of gold in your earrings, the higher the amount of added metals. These will tarnish faster and make your jewelry lose its sparkle. When cleaning your earrings, you should be careful since gold is a very soft material and gets scratched easily. Gentle cleaners as well as soft brushes and cloths should be used to protect the material. Here‘s how to make your gold earrings shine again:

  • Baking powder
    Sprinkle some baking powder on a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Rub the earrings carefully with the cloth until they become shiny, and then rinse them with clean water. The same trick also works with baking soda!
  • Dish soap
    Put a few drops of dish soapt in a bowl of warm water and place your earrings in there. Sodium-free, warmed-up sparkling water removes deposits even in hard-to-reach places. No sparkling water at hand? This works with tap water too. After leaving to soak for 15 minutes, you can start cleaning your earrings. It is best to use a soft toothbrush for this. Your earrings will shine again in no time!
  • Cleaning silver earrings
    Silver jewelry is timeless, simple, and fine. But when this material comes into contact with air and therefore also with hydrogen sulfide, silver can quickly turn black. But you don’t have to give up on your silver earrings because we have the best cleaning tips for this material too!

    Once you’ve determined that your silver earrings qualify for cleaning, let’s begin. First line a bowl with aluminum foil, add a teaspoon of salt, and place the earrings in the bowl. Finally, pour hot water into the bowl until the jewelry is covered. Now it is time to marvel and watch the discoloration disappear – the aluminum foil absorbs the deposits. Rinse the earrings and dry them carefully.

Cleaning costume jewelry

Costume jewelry is significantly cheaper than gold and silver and therefore ideal for those who love variety. Costume jewelry can be made out of so many different materials – these range from metals, plastics and glass, to leather and wood. Gently cleaning with baking powder or mild soap also works for costume jewelry. However, it is worth checking whether the discoloration could actually be dirt. With inexpensive jewelry, the alloy wears off over time so no amount of cleaning is going to make it look better. But at least you have a reason to go on a little shopping spree.

The best tips for cleaning earrings

Whether gold, silver, or a mixture of materials, these tips help you to clean your earrings:

  • If your earrings contain precious stones, it is best to just use water and a soft brush. Robust precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are able to withstand a few drops of mild dish soap.
  • Pearls are also very delicate. Avoid submerging them in water otherwise the water could get inside the pearls and damage them from the inside.
  • When cleaning your earrings under the faucet, make sure you cover up the drain so you don’t lose them down there.
  • Did you follow the tips, but your earrings are still discolored? Repeat the process instead of brushing or scrubbing harder. This will stop your earrings from getting damaged.
  • Your earrings are now shiny, but the nooks and crannies are still dirty? In this case, a toothbrush, fine brushes, or cotton swabs will help.