How to Clean Tarnished Jewelry

It’s one of the most popular questions we get at jewelry stores everywhere: how can I clean tarnished silver jewelry? It has never gone out of style and will never go out of style. It is also difficult to answer because it depends on many factors. But are you wondering what your cleaning silver jewelry is like?

Use a polishing cloth

Tarnish is a common problem for jewelry owners. It’s caused by oxidation and occurs when the metal reacts with oxygen in the air. If you have silver or gold jewelry, you can clean tarnished pieces with a polishing cloth. This is one of the easiest ways to remove tarnish from jewelry, but it may not be as effective as some other methods.

Remove tarnish

Wipe your jewelry gently with a polishing cloth until it shines again. If you notice that some areas are still dull, try using more pressure or moving the cloth over them more slowly. Make sure you use a polishing cloth designed specifically for cleaning jewelry, these cloths are designed not to scratch delicate metals or stones like diamonds or pearls.

If this method doesn’t work well enough on its own, you might need to use a stronger cleaning agent such as toothpaste or baking soda paste instead of plain water. Apply the paste directly onto your jewelry with your fingers and rub it in gently until all traces of tarnish disappear; then rinse off any remaining residue with warm water and dry with a soft cloth

Rinse stones with care

Tarnish is a chemical reaction that causes the surface of an object to appear dull, or to lose its shine. To clean tarnished jewelry, start by removing any loose pieces. You can use a soft brush, like a toothbrush, to gently dislodge dirt and debris from the surface of your jewelry.

Before you begin cleaning, it’s important to note that some types of jewelry are more sensitive than others. For example, if your piece has stones or pearls, be careful not to expose them to too much moisture.

Gently rinse stones with care. If necessary, use warm water and dish soap to clean the stone setting. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a soft cloth or towel. If necessary, follow up with a polishing cloth made specifically for cleaning precious metals.Clean stud earrings by dipping them in hot soapy water for 10 minutes, then rinsing them under cold running water before drying thoroughly with a soft cloth or towel

Soak metal pieces in ketchup

It’s a common misconception that ketchup is the answer to everything, but it really does work on tarnished jewelry. Just place your piece in a bowl or jar of ketchup for at least 30 minutes and then wash it with warm water and soap. The acidity in the ketchup will get rid of any discoloration or oxidation on your jewelry.

Give it an aluminum-foil bath

A tarnished piece of jewelry can be a real downer. But there are ways to get your bling back to its original state without having to spend a fortune at a jeweler’s shop.

  • Place the tarnished piece in a bowl or container filled with 2 cups of warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add two pieces of aluminum foil, one on top and one on the bottom, and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  • Then rub the piece with a jewelry cleaning cloth until all the tarnish is removed.
  • Soak it in white vinegar.
  • Boil two cups of water, then remove from heat and add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt; allow mixture to cool completely before pouring into a glass bowl
  • Immerse the jewelry for about 15 minutes; then rinse thoroughly with water, dry with a soft cloth and polish as usual.

White vinegar and baking soda

If you have a lot of jewelry, it’s best to clean it all at once. To do this, put your jewelry in a bowl and add enough water to cover it. Add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of water. Let the jewelry soak for several hours and then wash it with warm water and mild soap.

If you have only a few pieces of jewelry, you can use this method for individual pieces. Place tarnished rings on top of a coffee filter or paper towel. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a glass bowl, then pour the mixture over the ring. Let it soak until the tarnish is gone, rinse with cold water, then dry well with a soft cloth.

Clean gold with soap and water

Gold jewelry is a precious metal, but it can tarnish over time. Tarnish occurs when metal reacts with oxygen in the air, causing a dark gray or black coating to form on the surface of the jewelry. If you have gold jewelry that has started to tarnish, you can use a mild soap-and-water solution to remove the tarnish from your jewelry without damaging it.

Clean your jewelry with warm water and mild dish soap before wearing it again. Use a soft cloth or an old toothbrush to scrub away any remaining dirt and grime left by the tarnishing process. Rinse well with clean water, then dry your gold with a soft cloth before putting it back into storage or wearing it again.

Remove stubborn tarnish

Cleaning silver, gold and platinum jewelry can be a challenge. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up with a mess or wearing your jewelry out of necessity. We’ll show you how to clean tarnished jewelry in three easy steps.

  • Remove stubborn tarnish with a combination of water, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of salt in a bowl. The mixture should be thick but not dry. If it’s too dry, add more water (one teaspoon at a time).
  • Dip your jewelry into the mixture, making sure all surfaces are covered. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Clean off the baking soda with a soft cloth or brush dipped into warm water and then wrung out thoroughly. Dry the piece carefully with another soft cloth or brush


When your jewelry needs a wash to remove oils or sweat, the easy solution is a bit of toothpaste. Using this method is simple and effective, but not very gentle on your jewelry. A more effective way to clean jewelry involves less scrubbing and a much gentler technique. And all you need is an old toothbrush and some dish soap!