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.

Copper

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.

Silver

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. .

Pearls

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.

Gold

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.

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Works Cited

Maier, Karyn
"The naturally clean home 150 super-easy herbal formulas for green cleaning"
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Reader’s Digest
"12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry"
http://www.rd.com/home/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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