How To Clean Fake Jewelry At Home – 13 Easy And Simple Ways

Because it's fake doesn't mean you let it go to waste; not when you have these easy tips!

Reviewed by Michelle Wagman, Fashion Stylist
Written by Madhumati Chowdhury, MA (English Literature)
Edited by Shatabdi Bhattacharya, BSc
Fact-checked by Anu Pallavi, BA  • 

Artificial jewelry and accessories make a trendy fashion statement without burning a hole in your pocket. Fashion Stylist Michelle Wagman adds, “Costume jewelry is cheaper than fine jewelry made from base metals, alloys, plastic, glass, or synthetic gemstones. It often features glass, cubic zirconia, or lab-created stones instead of genuine gemstones. It may not be as durable as fine jewelry and is designed to follow fashion trends. Fake jewelry is not deceptive or unethical and serves a valuable purpose in the fashion industry by allowing people to enjoy trendy and stylish accessories without spending much money.” However, the maintenance of and care for their dazzling look is a task. That is why we are going to share how to DIY clean fake jewelry in this post. The intricate designs of artificial or fake jewelry collect dust and grime easily. They may also get discolored due to water, sweat, air, and body creams. All of that can be addressed.

This article lists not one but 13 best and easy ways to clean artificial jewelry. You will be amazed by how clean and shiny they become! Read on to learn some home hacks to keep your artificial jewelry looking as good as new. Scroll down!

protip_icon Ace The Look
  • Style: Wear hooped earrings and a simple necklace with casual outfits, and dainty jewelry with dresses and formal wear.
  • Skin Tone: Wear platinum, white gold, and silver jewelry if your skin tone is cool. Rose gold and gold jewelry are suitable for warm skin tones.
  • Face Shape: Choose angular jewelry for a square or diamond-shaped face and soft-round jewelry for an oval or oblong face.
  • Occasion: Fake jewelry is ideal for everyday wear. Wear simple pendants to hang out with friends or at the office.

13 Best And Easy Ways To Clean Fake Jewelry

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon is naturally acidic, which helps remove the oxide layer on the jewelry easily.

Method

  • Mix equal parts of water and lemon juice.
  • Soak the jewelry in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Gently scrub the jewelry with a rough cloth or toothbrush.
  • Rinse it with cool water and pat dry with a clean cloth.

2. Mild Dish Wash Soap

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This is one of the easiest and safest methods to clean your fake jewelry at home.

Method

  • Dilute some dish wash soap with warm water in a bowl.
  • Soak your jewelry in this mixture for 10 to 20 minutes to soften accumulated grime residue and dirt.
  • Gently brush your jewelry with a toothbrush. Do not forget the corners and stubborn areas.
  • Rinse your jewelry with cold water and clean it dry with a soft cloth.

3. Baking Soda And Salt

Baking soda helps remove discoloration and can make your costume jewelry appear good as new. However, use this method sparingly for delicate stones to avoid weakening the adhesive and complete damage.

Method

  • Place your jewelry on an aluminum foil with the shiny side upwards.
  • Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and salt and a cup of warm water in a bowl.
  • Pour this mixture on the jewelry lying over the aluminum foil.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes until you see the bubbles on your jewelry settle down.
  • Rub the jewelry gently with your fingers and rinse with cold water.
  • Dry your jewelry thoroughly with a clean cloth.

4. White Vinegar And Water

The safest and most recommended at-home jewelry cleaner is a solution of white vinegar and water. However, if your jewelry is heavily stone-studded, reduce the soak time and use a microfiber cloth to pat it dry.

Method

  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bowl.
  • Soak your jewelry in this solution for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Clean the soaked jewelry thoroughly with an old toothbrush.
  • Rinse it with cool water and pat dry with a clean cloth.

You can also use a sponge instead of a toothbrush if the jewelry is heavily stone studded. Add a few drops of olive oil after rinsing to make the stones shine.

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Use a small and soft-bristled toothbrush to clean jewelry with intricate design, as it helps reach difficult nooks and corners.

5. Toothpaste

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The gritty texture of the toothpaste will help remove even the toughest dirt and stain from every nook and corner of your jewelry piece.

Method

  • Gently coat your jewelry with a thin layer of toothpaste.
  • Work through the intricate designs with the bristles.
  • Rinse the jewelry under running cold water.
  • Buff dry with a clean cloth before storing.

A blogger, bought an antique cut steel hair ornament online and shared her experience of cleaning it. The accessory had a bit of black oxidation that she tried to remove using several methods. One method that worked in her favor was that of using toothpaste. She wrote, “The toothpaste actually did yield results. #I used my electric toothbrush and an old brush attachment and spent hours scrubbing the thing. It got better but it wasn’t great and it was painstaking work (i).”

6. Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoo is one of the mildest options to clean your jewelry that has stones or pearls.

Method

  • Mix equal parts of baby shampoo and water in a bowl.
  • Dip a toothbrush or Q-tip in this diluted solution and gently scrub your jewelry. If your jewelry has intricate grooves, it is best to use a toothbrush as it can easily clean hard-to-reach spots.
  • Rinse your jewelry quickly with cool water and dry with a microfiber cloth or a clean towel.

7. Contact Lens Solution

A contact lens solution works perfectly as a cleaning agent and provides a sparkling newness to your artificial or fake jewelry.

Method

  • Dilute the lens solution with some room temperature water in a small bowl.
  • Dampen a soft cloth in this solution and gently wipe your jewelry pieces.
  • Once clean, wipe them off with a soft, clean cloth or wash it with cold water.

8. Rubbing Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is a safe and effective cleaning agent for fake jewelry. It will help extend the luster of your shiny metals and gemstones. You can easily remove smudges, spotting, and tarnished surface from your artificial pieces with rubbing alcohol.

Method

  • Pour rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Make sure the quantity is enough to soak your jewelry.
  • Leave your jewelry pieces soaked in rubbing alcohol for about 15 minutes. You will notice bubbles and gunk coming towards the brim.
  • Remove the jewelry and check if any part is still unclean. You can leave your jewelry for a few more minutes or lightly scrub it with a toothbrush.
  • Place the pieces out for 15 minutes to air dry and store without washing.

9. Club Soda

Club soda is generally used for cleaning jewelry pieces made with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. But it can also make your fake jewelry look shiny if used the right way.

Method

  • Soak your tarnished fake jewelry in a bowl of club soda for an hour.
  • Check it once to ensure that the stains and dirt are completely removed.
  • Wash your jewelry with cold water and wipe it dry.

10. Ammonia Solution

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Ammonia can help keep your fine, artificial jewelry looking new when used the right way. It removes tarnish and buildup of makeup, creams, and lotions.

Method

  • Dilute one part of ammonia with six parts of warm water.
  • Soak your tarnished fake jewelry in this solution for at least 10 minutes.
  • Gently scrub each nook and corner of your jewelry with an old toothbrush.
  • Soak it again for 10 minutes and brush it again for the second time.
  • Prepare another solution with one part of ammonia, six parts of warm water, and a few drops of mild detergent or baby shampoo. Stir the solution until foamy.
  • Soak the jewelry pieces in this solution for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse them thoroughly under running tap water.
  • Clean and dry your jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

11. Beer

Beer can help remove tarnish, discoloration, and stains from brass, silver, and fake jewelry pieces.

Method

  • Pour a few drops of beer on a piece of soft cloth.
  • Scrub your jewelry scrub with the cloth. Repeat this only on the concerned parts until you find them squeaky clean.
  • Wipe your jewelry with a clean and dry cloth and store it away from moisture.

12. Salt Water Bubble Bath

Yes, you read it right! A warm bubble bath with salts can work wonders on your jewelry. But before you start, ensure that your jewelry is suitable for a saltwater solution. Fake stones may lose their shine due to salty water; therefore, be careful with them. However, if your jewelry pieces are simply chains, rings, and bracelets, you can proceed with this process.

Method

  • Add some bath salt and water in a bowl and turn it bubbly.
  • Soak your jewelry pieces in it for a few minutes and scrub it thoroughly with a brush.
  • Remove the jewelry pieces and place them in a bowl of clean water.
  • Rinse your pieces and wipe them with a clean towel.
  • Air dry your jewelry before storing them.

13. Jewelry Polish

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If nothing else works, it is best to move to a cleaning solution specially meant for jewelry. Of course, we are talking about jewelry polish! However, remember to dilute jewelry polish with some water while applying to fake jewelry as it may be harsh for artificial pieces.

Method

  • Soak the pieces of fake jewelry in diluted jewelry polish solution for 30 seconds and quickly remove them.
  • Gently wipe the jewelry with a rough cloth without scraping or scrubbing.
  • Wash your pieces with cool water and pat dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

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Ensure that you use a protective spray on your jewelry before storing them away. This will make sure that the jewelry is not tarnished.

Artificial and fake jewelry is supposed to sparkle, but exposure to dirt and dust, lotions, soaps, air, and moisture can dull your favorite pieces over time. The discoloration and tarnish can rob their gleam and reduce their life. Worry not! These amazing methods will help you in refreshing and maintaining the shine and sparkle of your fake jewelry easily at home. Remember to clean and polish your fake jewelry right from the start to prevent the buildup of rust, smell, mold, and tarnish.

Key Takeaways

  • Artificial jewelry can add the same sparkle and shine to your outfit without being hard on your pocket.
  • Cleaning and maintaining them well is key in keeping their look, shine, and lustre intact.
  • Vinegar, baking soda, dishwashing liquid or even baby shampoo, few common household items can come in handy for cleaning your fake jewelry effectively.

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If you have a collection of fake jewelry that has lost its shine over time, don’t throw it away just yet! There are some simple ways to clean fake jewelry at home with the help of common household items that double as great cleaning agents. Check out the infographic below for some easy methods to help restore your fake jewelry to its former glory without spending a lot of money.

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Artificial jewelry is a popular fashion statement that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. However, keeping it sparkling is a challenge. The intricate motifs of artificial or imitation jewelry frequently attract dust and filth. They may also get discolored due to exposure to water, sweat, air, and body creams. The restoration and renewal of these may not be that hard with regular care. This post on how to clean fake jewelry can be a really useful guide for you. Following the tips and hacks shared above, you can get your faux jewelry sparkling with common household substances like baking soda, vinegar, and baby shampoo.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep fake jewelry from turning green?

Fake jewelry usually turns green because of its copper content. Cleaning your fake jewelry regularly and storing it properly can help delay the green appearance.

Can hydrogen peroxide clean fake jewelry?

Yes, you can use hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to clean and maintain your fake jewelry.

Does clear nail polish help fake jewelry?

Yes, a coat of clear nail polish can help seal in the original color of your fake jewelry without affecting its looks or make.

You can learn how to clean your fake jewelry with this easy and cheap jewelry cleaner! Watch this video to get sparkling results in no time!

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