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How to Clean Earrings?

Nov 11

How to Clean Earrings?

How often do you wear your earrings? Do you remove your earrings at night or put them on throughout the day? It is essential to take care of earrings as jewelry. It is easy to clean your earrings, but there are a lot of steps to follow. Luckily, this guide will help you understand how to take care of your precious metal pieces and gemstones correctly!

Why Wear Dirty Earrings?

Dirty earrings can cause several serious infections, ranging from minor irritations on the skin to more severe issues like otitis external clean (inflammation of the ear's outer canal). Earrings can develop an unpleasant smell when they've been in direct contact with dirt, sweat, or other particles for long periods. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to clean both pierced and clip-on earrings properly. Let's get started!

How Do You Conduct a Regular Earring Cleaning?

To maintain the luster of your earrings, it is essential to know how often they should be cleaned. However, you'll face an issue shortly as many methods are available for cleaning every type of jewelry. It's challenging, to say the least, to keep cleaning all kinds of regularly! Consider keeping an earring journal that records the best techniques for your specific objects rather than trying every technique suggested on the internet or by family and friends but with no luck. Ultimately, you'll find the perfect routine for wearing them over time without ruining their original beauty!

Post Earrings and Ball Earrings

If you have post-backs or ball-backs for the studs, they can easily be cleaned using a soft toothbrush and soapy water. Clean them afterward and dry them with a towel.

Clip-on Earrings

Clip-on earrings are the most accessible type of earrings to clean since they usually don't have posts or backings. Make use of a soft brush to scrub them. Rinse them under warm water until the dirt is removed. Also, you can use a little dish soap if you notice any grime build-up on the clips. When you're done cleaning, be sure to dry them!

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings should be cleaned every week to avoid earring acne. Warm water and dish soap can be used to clean hoop earrings. They should be allowed to soak in warm water for five minutes. After that time, rinse the hoop earrings with running water and scrub them with an easy toothbrush.

Hoop Earrings with Post Backings

Fill the sink with water once more, but put some rubbing alcohol in the sink instead of using dish soap. Then soak them for around 20 seconds, then rinse them out of the sink with a soft brush! It is possible to rinse them off if it is impossible without damaging delicate designs.

Drop Earrings

Cleanse your earrings by filling the bathroom sink with dish soap and warm water. Soak them for around five minutes before gently rubbing off the earrings using a soft toothbrush. After rinsing, rinse under running water until all suds have evaporated. Dry them with the help of a soft brush.

Cleaning your jewelry is not easy, but it's well worth the effort! Jewelry can bring elegance and class along with personal fashion. If you follow these easy guidelines, you can maintain the appeal of your most loved pieces with no hassle!

Cleaning Tips for Earrings

There are a few tips for cleaning your earrings. These are the most popular techniques:

Make use of hot water and dish soap to clean your earrings. This is the simplest and most natural way to cleanse your earrings. The combination of warm water and dish soap will eliminate any dirt or other debris caught in the crevices around your earrings. Use Dawn dish soap instead of harsher soaps that could harm delicate jewelry.

- Use a toothbrush. A toothbrush is excellent for reaching tiny areas or intricate designs within your earrings. Put the toothbrush in soapy water and brush away any debris or dirt.

- Utilize a jewelry cleaning product. A jewelry cleanser can be a great alternative if you want to go the extra mile to ensure your earrings are spotless. It is possible to purchase jewelry cleaners in tablet or liquid forms. They are specifically designed to clean your earrings of dirt or dirt. Each cleaner comes with its own set of instructions.

How Do You Clean Different Types of Earrings?

There are many ways to clean earrings. You can use warm water, soap, alcohol, or even jewelry cleaner. Before using the cleaner, ensure you read the instructions. Some cleaners can be used for all types of jewelry, while others are designed for specific types of jewelry.

Gold Grime

To remove gold grime from your earrings, you will require the following:

- Bowl with warm water

- Dish soap

- An old or new one

- Q-tips (optional)


Make a bowl of warm water and add just a drop of dish soap. To make suds, swirl the solution around. To clean the grime off, soak the earrings in warm soapy water. Use warm water to rinse the earrings and dry them with a cloth. You can use q-tips to get into tight spaces if you need to. Take pleasure in your freshly cleaned earrings!

Silver Tarnish

Silver tarnish is easy to remove with a simple cleaning solution. What you'll need:

- Aluminum foil

- White vinegar

- Hot water


Line the bowl with aluminum foil and pour enough hot water to cover the silver earrings completely. Add 1 cup of white vinegar until it has completely dissolved. Allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes before placing the earrings. Then, rinse the earrings with warm water. Take pleasure in the sparkling silver earrings by drying them using an absorbent towel.

Brass Tarnish

Brass tarnish can be eliminated by using a baking soda paste. The paste is required for the following:

- Baking soda

- Toothpaste (optional)

- Dish soap

- Water 

- Q-tips (optional)


Make sure you fill a bowl that is shallow with water. Mix 1 cup baking soda and an equal amount of toothpaste until you have made a thick, paste-like solution. To make suds, add just enough dish soap. Make use of your fingertips or an old toothbrush to scrub off the tarnish from your brass earrings until they're spotless. Rinse them off with warm water and dry them with towels if you need to! Enjoy your newly cleaned earrings!

Copper Tarnish

Mix white vinegar, salt, and lemon juice in different containers. After that, add hot water to blend the ingredients into one. What you'll require:

- White vinegar

- Salt

- Lemon juice

- Flour paste

- Aluminum foil

- Hot water


Line an aluminum foil bowl and pour hot water to cover the earrings in copper. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and half lemon juice into the container. Stir until the mixture has dissolved. In another container, make the flour paste by mixing one tablespoon of flour with sufficient cold water to create a thick mixture. Pour this into a third container. After dipping the earrings in white vinegar for around 15 minutes, take them out and dip them in the salt solution and lemon juice. The time for this should be five minutes. After removing the earrings from the solution, soak them in the flour paste for about two minutes. Then, let them sit in hot water and aluminum foil for five minutes. If necessary, dry them off with an absorbent towel. Have fun with your freshly cleaned earrings!


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