Can You Clean Jewelry with Vinegar?

Author: Gabrielle Marks
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Vinegar is a versatile product that is not only tasty, but has been demonstrated to clean a variety of items to replace harsh chemicals. Many suggest using vinegar as a means to clean particular items of jewelry. Here we have compiled tips from the experts on cleaning jewelry with vinegar.

Precautionary Note: Before cleaning any jewelry with vinegar be aware that vinegar is a strong acid and can potentially damage certain jewelry items such as gemstones and gold. It can also dissolve the glue to gemstone settings.


Make a copper cleaning paste with 1-1/4 cup all purpose white flour, 1 cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of salt, and 5 drops of citrus essential oil. Spread the paste over your copper and let sit overnight. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Maier, Karyn. The naturally clean home 150 super-easy herbal formulas for green cleaning. 2nd ed. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2008. Print.


To make silver jewelry shine mix a solution of ½ cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your jewelry in the solution for three hours. Rinse with cold water and dry with a soft, clean cloth.

"12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry". Reader's Digest. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. .


Never use vinegar to clean pearls. The acid contained in vinegar could damage the calcium carbonate make-up of the pearl.

Matlins, Antoinette Leonard. The pearl book: the definitive buying guide : how to select, buy, care for & enjoy pearls. 3rd ed. Woodstock, Vt.: GemStone Press, 2002. Print.


Pour one cup of apple cider vinegar into a plastic container. Submerge gold jewelry and allow to soak for fifteen minutes. Do not leave gold soaking in vinegar for an extended period as it can damage the surface.


Works Cited

Maier, Karyn
"The naturally clean home 150 super-easy herbal formulas for green cleaning"

Reader’s Digest
"12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry"

Matlins, Antoinette Leonard
"The pearl book: the definitive buying guide : how to select, buy, care for & enjoy pearls"

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