How to Clean Your Dull/Tarnished Jewelry?

Gold and silver jewelry, including plated and white- and rose-gold metals, can be cleaned with warm water and several drops of dish detergent. Combine them in a bowl and soak it in the solution for about 15 minutes, then scrub it with a baby toothbrush (the bristles on it are softer so it's more gentle) or a cotton swab to really get in all the crevices. Then give it a final rinse with water and dry it with a cloth or even with a hairdryer if you want to prevent any water streaks from appearing.

If you don't have 15 minutes handy to do a thorough soak, a polishing cloth also works wonders on silver, gold, brass, platinum, and copper and brings back lost luster. Just rub it over the metal until you start to see it shine. There are also polishing creams and sprays you can use along with the cloth for extra measure.


 When it’s time to clean fashion jewelry, the best ingredient is baby shampoo.

Add equal parts baby shampoo and water to a dish. Grab a soft toothbrush and gently scrub the surface. For hard-to-get areas, use a Q-tip or toothpick.

Rinse off your jewelry with cold water and dry it with a microfiber cloth. If your jewelry has rhinestones, it’s essential to make sure it doesn’t get too wet as they could loosen from their casings.

Sterling Silver 

You cannot use the same cleaning products on sterling silver. The best way to clean tarnished sterling silver is with aluminum foil.

Line a baking tray with clean aluminum foil and spread your jewelry out on top. Dust the jewelry with a layer of baking soda, so each piece is covered.

Boil some water and then slowly pour it over baking soda-covered jewelry. Flip over your items and repeat this process. Rinse your sterling silver jewelry and dry with a clean cloth.



In a bowl, combine the flour and the salt and add in the vinegar. Mix well to create a paste. Grab an old toothbrush and dip it in the mixture and cover the jewelry with a thick layer of paste.

Be sure to get into any cracks and crevices in the jewelry or other brass pieces. Let the mixture dry until it begins to flake.

Grab a clean, soft cloth and rub the rest off. Slice up the lemon and then cover the bottom of a shallow bowl with baking soda. Dip the lemon into the baking soda, coating the cut side of the fruit.

Rub the slice over the brass to remove any leftover tarnishing. Rinse the piece of jewelry with hot water and dry thoroughly with a soft towel.

Fake Gold

There is a different approach you need to take in how to clean fake gold. Tarnished fake gold jewelry tends to rust, so the first step is to figure out how to get rust off jewelry. Toothpaste is the best DIY jewelry cleaner for rust, and it’s easy to use.

Grab an old toothbrush put some toothpaste on it. Coat your jewelry thoroughly and rinse it off in a cup of water. Wipe your item dry with a paper towel.