How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry

Having problems with tarnish on your precious jewelry, both real or costume?  I have found a safe, easy, and eco-friendly way to clean those ugly black marks on your jewelry.  I can say it is very effective not only in cleaning but also adding back that lost luster and shine.  Using products you already have in your home, there is no excuse now not to clean your jewelry.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry


For this tip, we will need the following:
1.  Tarnished and dull jewelry
2.  An old toothbrush and toothpaste
3.  Clear nail polish
You will also need a paper towel or a soft cloth
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
First get your costume jewelry.  I have got here an old bracelet that I never really wore because I did not take care of it and now has some tarnish and discoloration.  Get your an old toothbrush and put a bit of toothpaste on it.  Do not place too much.  I read somewhere not to use gel toothpaste but I am using it rather than the one with baking soda which is too abrasive for your jewelry and might leave tiny but unsightly streaks and scratches.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry

Now, apply the toothpaste to the jewelry.  You can see now that the jewelry will turn blacker than it initially was.  Do not panic!   This is normal reaction.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
Next, add a bit of water and then brush away!  Adding water makes it easier for us to brush those grooves and stubborn tarnish.  Brush gently but thoroughly.  After brushing a good amount of time and you think you have brushed every nook and cranny, rinse the jewelry with water until no toothpaste residue remains.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
Get a clean paper towel or a soft cloth then allow the jewelry to drain excess water then pat dry.  What I like to do is to gently wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth to buff it.  We now have a super clean bracelet! Yay!
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
Note: This step is optional and never ever do this with real gold or silver.  Apply a very thin coat of clear nail polish to your costume  jewelry to protect it from future fading and tarnishing.  Let it dry completely before wearing.  The nail polish also adds a bit of sparkle and shine to your costume jewelry.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
You can now wear you clean and tarnish-free jewelry :)  I do hope you love this fashion tip today.
How To Clean Tarnished Jewelry
How do you clean your jewelry?  I would love to know :)
Have a great weekend!
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58 comments:

  1. I've actually never tried cleaning my jewelry before, but I don't wear that much jewelry to begin with. However, I'll definitely give this a try with some of my old pieces :)

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  2. eeek thanks for sharing this. I have bought some cute gold-y stuffs from F21 and they are turning darkish now. I hope this will bring back the gold in them.

    Leah @ Curiousweekends

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    1. i love stuff from F21! too bad there's no store near our province :(

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  3. Ahh thank you love I am actually just getting a new piece of jewelery today so now I can save this page and revert back whenever it needs cleaning <3

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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    1. you're welcome dear and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This really works well. I learned this technique from my Ma and it's an easy and cheap way to cleaning jewelry, even real ones! Not sure how my F21 will fare but will try it on them, too.

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    1. i actually got this tip from my mom too :) and yes, even the real ones! as for the fake ones, the color might fade but only very slightly :) the one i cleaned here is obviously fake because i used clear nail polish which is a no-no for real gold and silver ;)

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  5. such a great tip dear!
    kisses
    http://www.milanotime.net

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  6. Seriously? You can clean jewelry with toothpaste? I had no idea. Great post and thanks for the useful tip :)

    Lu ❤ www.balgarka.co.uk

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  7. I tried to clean my jewelry with Coke but that's definitely not the best solution, so I keep yours in mind!

    See you xx

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    1. i haven't tried coke. will try that too next time ;)

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  8. Wow. What a great and simple trick. Loved it. Thank you dear for sharing. Happy weekend :-)
    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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  9. I have tried the same trick with the toothpaste. I have also heard that baking soda helps.
    Very nice post!

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    1. baking soda might leave some streaks when rubbed too much but yes, it also works :)

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  10. Oh great! I'll try this! :) By the way, I'm not from Lipa :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. aw! i thought kababayan.hehehe :) thanks!

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  11. Awesome tip dear :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  12. I do this, too! But I find using baking soda, warm water, dishwashing liquid, and aluminum foil more effective for real silver jewelry. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl

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    1. i've read that trick somewhere though i haven't tried. i've got mostly gold accessories :)

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  13. Great tips! I hate when jewelry gets dull and tarnished but this will help!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  14. Again, amazing and very useful tip, thanks for sharing!

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow it really looks new on that last pic! :O This is so clever! It'll be very useful for me since I have lots of costume jewelries lying around and left unused because they're tarnished and look really worn out :\ thanks for sharing! :)

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  16. Oh very useful post! Thanks dear~
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  17. did the same tips for my costume jewellery!
    i have just followed your blog via GFC
    follow mine if you like it <3
    xoxo
    style frontier

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    1. thanks fhenny :) will follow you back :)

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  18. Thank you for the tips ! Most of my costume jewelry are tarnished...
    I also use the clear nail polish for my rings when they leave a green/blue mark on the skin.

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    1. yes! thanks for noting that too mushii!

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  19. wow that last pic of your piece looks so clean and new! This is such a cleaver idea and I actually need it since I have quite a few jewelry pieces that are tarnished right now since I left them laying around! Thank you!!I will give this a try for sure!!
    yhttp://www.mybrokeneggshells.com

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  20. We use the same technique around the house but I never though about using the nailpolish on costume jewelry, That's a really excellent idea! Thanks for the tip and for your lovely comment on my blog.
    It's always so nice to learn new things from you!
    Take care

    http://momodicted.blogspot.pt/

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    1. thanks for hosting great parties dear :)

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  21. What a difference, I have never heard of using toothpaste before! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a fantastic day,
    -Kati

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  22. OMG! You are a life saver!:D ahaha, I never really knew how to clean that!:D That's pretty amazing! Now my jewelry will last longer:) HAHAHA, salamat sa comment mo sa blogpost ko:) You just gained a new fan!:D I love your blog!

    ♥ Charms | My ∞ Fashion Confession

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    1. walang anuman sis :) i'm your fan too :) keep in touch dear!

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  23. I always do this like that , my grandma told me when i was younger. so damn great. thanks for sharing. xo

    http://fleuryina.blogspot.de

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  24. We also use toothpaste when cleaning jewelry and it works like magic, it's really shiny after. But I never tried putting a clear nail polish, maybe I'll try it next time. :)

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  25. Will try this next time I have a tarnished jewelry! Thanks Angel! :)

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  26. Hmm...I better try this one of these days for my anik-anik. I tried cleaning them with Glo and it seemed to make the condition worse. :(

    xoxo,

    Kristeta
    http://kabadinganandbeyond.blogspot.com/

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  27. Fake gold turns redish when it gets wet, will this happen when I rinse the toothpaste out?

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