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The holiday season is upon us, and if you ask us, it’s illegal to not wear at least one shiny item or accessory come this time of year. (We don’t make the rules.) Which also means ‘tis the season to give your favorite pieces a good scrub and make them really sparkle. Enter: the best jewelry cleaner. Tarnish Resistant Earrings
But what makes a good jewelry cleaner? Overall, you’ll want one that’s easy to use, is long-lasting and keeps your jewelry shiny for a long time. Lucky for you, we’ve already rounded up some of the best.
First thing's first: You need to decide which type of jewelry cleaner you want to use. We've outlined several different options for you below.
How you use jewelry cleaner will depend on the type you're using. With liquid cleaners, for instance, it's all about portion control. For one necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet, one to two drops in a shallow dish of water works well. (Note that for some store-bought cleaners, you won’t have to add water at all.) Soak the jewelry for 15 minutes, unless the piece is particularly delicate—it is not recommended to soak fragile pieces of jewelry. After, gently scrub with a soft and clean baby toothbrush and rinse. We recommend you read the individual instructions for each cleaner to make sure you’re taking the right steps.
If you're working with an ultrasonic cleaner, by contrast, each machine will have its own separate set of instructions. The cleaning and rinsing solutions you get for your machines are essential: They must be compatible with the cleaning device so that they don’t react negatively. Generally speaking, you'll insert the recommended amount of water and cleaning solution to the machine, wait for it to heat up and place your jewelry in the tray. From there, leave it in the mixture for about three to five minutes. Using a set of tweezers (to avoid burning your fingers), take the items out and pat or air dry.
If you're taking the steamer route, you already know there will be very hot levels of water involved. It is generally recommended you use the tweezers (never your hands!) to hold the jewelry pieces up to the steam for a few minutes and then buff out your pieces with a soft cloth afterwards. However, we recommend that you read the specific instructions on each steam machine, as they may differ.
Lastly, if you're using a polishing cloth, make sure your jewelry is completely dry before gently rubbing it the rest of it with the cloth and voilà! Watch your jewelry shine.
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This liquid cleaner is ammonia-free and contains ingredients that prevent tarnish formation, keeping all of your silver super shiny. According to customers, it can effectively remove discoloration, grime and soap scum from your jewelry. It has a dip tray for ease of use, and after soaking your accessories for no more than two minutes, you can grab the polishing cloth from the kit to give it a little buff and you'll be good to go.
This jewelry pressure steamer is said to safely blast away body oil, makeup, dirt and more to leave your jewelry bright and shiny. Heat-up time for this steamer is four minutes and steam time is 15 minutes, according to the company. To use it, make sure to use tweezers (no burnt fingers here!) and hold your jewelry about an inch below the steam nozzle.
This adorable cleaner is made with banana and coconut oils and without any ammonia, alcohols, or acids—and it smells like a tropical dream. Just place your trinkets in the built-in tray and lower them down into the nontoxic, hypoallergenic formula (which, BT dubs, is biodegradable and environmentally friendly). It also comes with all the tools you need to get the job done easily and quickly.
Not only is this brand one of Oprah's favorites, it's perfect for a quick, safe cleaning of your wedding or engagement ring. You don't even have to take your jewelry off, since the mixture is clean, nontoxic and uses plant-based ingredients that won't dry your hands out.
These easy, breezy cleaning wipes are perfect for all your golden beauties. This two-step dry-cleaning system polishes and cleans gold jewelry and watches while removing nasty tarnish, all with a quick buff.
Throw a few of your prettiest pieces into this guy at once and watch the magic happen. This machine has five different cleaning settings, ranging from 90 to 480 seconds. You can even throw your glasses in there for a deep wash when you're done.
Take your shine to-go with this diamond dazzle stick, which has a mascara-size design that can be thrown in your purse. Not limited to just your diamonds, this can also be used for platinum or gold jewelry, as well as other precious stones. The smaller brush helps you get in all the nooks and crannies of your jewelry, too.
Sometimes, all you need to give your jewelry that added oomph is a good polishing cloth and a brightening stick. The inner layer of the cloth is designed to remove tarnish and grime while the outer layer will give your jewelry a great shiny finish. The included stick is particularly ideal for diamond rings, according to reviewers.
This special mixture contains polymers that the company says will help reduce the appearance of tiny scratches on your beautiful stones, which makes it great for all your more precious items. This cleaner is also great for gold and platinum, but is not recommended for pearls, corals or opals.
This bad boy will deep clean all your diamonds, rubies, sapphires and any non-porous jewelry, but also can clean pacifiers and oral appliances. The sleek countertop appliance won't take up much real estate in your household and the base lights up to indicate it's working. More importantly, it takes just five minutes, according to the company.
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