Using Soap and Water
- If your jewelry has a lot of details in it, wrap it up in the cloth and wait a few minutes. This will give the cloth some time to soak up the excess water.
Using Baking Soda and Water
1. In a small bowl, combine 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water to make a paste.
How much you use will depend on how big the piece you are trying to clean is. Most jewelry pieces will require 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of baking soda, and ½ tablespoon (7.5 milliliters) of water.
1. Choose a plain, white toothpaste without silica.
Avoid using gel toothpaste, as it lacks that special cleaning powder that regular white toothpaste has. Also, make sure that the toothpaste does not contain any silica, or you will risk scratching your jewelry.
2. Dampen the corner of a soft cloth with warm water.
Squeeze out any excess water. You want the cloth to be damp, and not soaking wet. Try to use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth, such as microfiber.
3. Squeeze out a small amount of toothpaste onto the cloth.
You do not need a lot—less than a pea-sized amount will be more than enough. You can always apply more toothpaste later.
4. Gently run the cloth across the surface of the jewelry.
Be sure to go with the grain, and not across it. If you rub the cloth across the grain, you will risk scratching it. Also, take care to avoid any gemstones set into your jewelry; many gemstones are very soft and can be easily scratched by toothpaste.
5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reach detailed, intricate areas.
Run the bristles under warm water, and apply more toothpaste if necessary. Gently scrub the toothpaste across the surface of the jewelry. Make sure that you are going with the grain, and not against it. Take care to avoid touching any gemstones.
6. Plug the sink, and rinse the jewelry off with warm water.
If needed, rinse the toothbrush with water, then use it to clean out any residual toothpaste out of nooks and crannies.
7. Gently pat the jewelry dry with a soft cloth.
This will prevent any water spots. If your jewelry has a lot of details in it, such as a brooch or necklace chain, gently wrap it up in the cloth and wait a few minutes before unwrapping it. This will give the soft cloth time to soak up any excess water.
8. Polish your stainless steel jewelry, if needed, with jewelry polish or polishing cloth.
Make sure that the polish you use is labeled safe for stainless steel. Do not use silver polish, as it will leave stains. When polishing the jewelry, be sure to go with the grain, and not across it.