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How To Clean Jewelry at Home


It’s a super popular question. I always have customers ask me this or similar questions about their jewelry so TAH-DAH! You can probably google and find a bunch of different ways to clean your jewelry. However, I am only going to go over a few that we find okay to use at home. It’s highly recommended to bring it to us or have a professional to do it. But if you can’t make the stop, here are some ways you can clean your jewelry at home.

Toothpaste: Yay! Your toothpaste doesn’t have to be just for your teeth anymore! Use some of that toothpaste along with a SOFT head toothbrush and VERY LIGHTLY brush your jewelry. Please take note that I capitalized “soft” and “very lightly” for a reason. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive so if you scrub too hard, you can scratch your favorite jewelry pieces.

(Side note: If you have scratches on your jewelry and would like them to get polished out, bring them in to us! For as little as $10, you can get your ring or any jewelry piece looking like new again.)

Ammonia or Simple Green: This is actually what we use here in our ultrasonic cleaners. It’s about a 1:2 ratio of ammonia and water combined. Same for Simple Green if you’re familiar with that product and choose to use it. Allow the jewelry to soak in the solution for a few minutes, then use your SOFT head toothpaste to lightly scrub away any build up that you might have on your jewelry piece.

Warm mild soap mixed with water: This would probably be the only way we would recommend to clean your pearls at home. If cleaning pearls, allow to soak for a couple of minutes, then wipe them down with a soft cloth. Set the pearls on a towel and allow them to air dry. Don’t use anything abrasive on them. Any abrasive material will take off the nacre of the pearls leaving them dull (which none of us would want!).

Tips from our Jeweler: Bring your jewelry in at MoneyMan Pawn! Stay away from store jewelry cleaners and bring it to us for a FREE jewelry cleaning instead. Most liquid jewelry cleaners that you can buy in stores contain mild acids that can hurt your jewelry with use over time. So NEVER leave your jewelry in those cleaners for more than the stated amount of time on the bottle.

Also, quick reminder that we offer On-site Jewelry Repair as well. Bring in your jewelry to have it inspected for FREE and professionally cleaned.

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