Cleaning Jewellery

This week is all about jewellery…I’ll be showing you how to clean, organise and declutter (hmm, maybe, this will be the hardest declutter challenge yet) your jewels.  Not sure if I have the heart to part with my jewellery but we will see what we can do.


Most of my jewellery is sentimental, all my gold is given as a gift from my hubby, I’ve recently been given a pandora bracelet which I think is one of the most precious gifts.

Cleaning Jewellery

Jewellery stores:

  • Check your warranty, usually, a free clean is included.  15 years later and Michael Hill is still cleaning my engagement ring.
  • Most jewellery shops will clean your jewellery for you.  More so if you purchased your item from them they will clean it for FREE.
  • If you are purchasing new jewellery see if they will clean what you have on before you leave.
  • Jewellers sell cleaning clothes and solutions

At home:

  1. Use toothpaste (not gel or whitening) to clean your silver
    • Fill a bowl with warm water.  If cleaning near a sink, place plug in sink (you don’t want to loose your jewels)
    • Using a soft cloth and small amount of toothpaste, rub gently to clean your jewellery.  Rinse the cloth and repeat until cleaned
    • Once clean rinse in a bowl of water be sure to remove all toothpaste.
    • Dry and buff with a soft cloth
  2. Soak gold in a bowl of warm water and a splash of Handy Andy floor cleaner (this tip was given to me years ago by a friend who is a jeweller).  Rinse, dry and buff with a soft cloth.

 Are you ready to organise your jewellery collection?


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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy August 16, 2011 - 2:32 AM

Hmm, I think I need to do this. Often when I pick up one item, the rest of my jewellery comes with! Do they make conditioner to detangle necklaces?!? I like your focus on dressing up more. Right, I’m inspired to sort my stuff out and make it easier to accessorise in the 5 minutes I have to get ready each morning. Thanks 🙂

Katherine Robshaw August 16, 2011 - 3:43 AM

I have lots of long necklaces (the costume Jewellery Type) and because I could never remember what I had stashed in a box, I hung them all behind the wardrobe door using 3M Command Strip Adhesive hooks. Now I can see every necklace and they are not taking up any valuable space. In fact, it’s perfect use of dead space

Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots August 16, 2011 - 7:13 AM

I definitely need to clean and sort my jewellery. I love the idea of making things a bit more special and making the effort to wear jewelry regularly. I definitely need to do this for myself.

Jim | January 4, 2016 - 3:51 AM

Hey Kat! Thanks so much for the silver cleaning tips. Mum wanted to clean her jewellery over Christmas when all the shops were shut. Toothpaste worked a treat!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:17 PM

So glad this tip helped you Jim 🙂


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