These jewellery-cleaning hacks use tomato sauce, beer, shampoo and more

trending 10/05/2022

It might sound strange to use T-sauce as a cleaning product, considering how often it appears in grubby fingerprints on our couches - but it's apparently great at buffing up jewellery. 

In fact, it turns out there are a bunch of things you probably have in the cupboards at home that will give your tired necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings a new sparkle.  

UK jewellery experts Ingle and Rhode have put together a list of viral TikTok jewellery cleaning hacks that feature household products like baking soda, tin film beer and more. 

Tomato sauce: You can immerse a piece of jewellery in a bowl of tomato ketchup for a few minutes and it will give it a new lease of life. Don’t leave silver in tomato sauce for a long time though. Rinse, dry and polish for a super shine.

Tomato sauce and fries

Light-coloured beer: Put some beer onto a soft cloth and rub the metal, then allow to dry - note: Not for use on gemstones.

Tin foil: Promotes the chemical process called ion exchange. Line a bowl with foil, fill it with hot water and mix a tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent. Soak the jewellery for a minute and allow it to air dry.

Tin foil

Mild shampoo: Delicate shampoo such as baby shampoo can give pearls, turquoise and opals back their shine. Just mix some of the shampoo with warm water and use a soft brush such as a make-up brush and polish each item in turn. Do not soak the jewellery, though. 

Vodka: Some gemstones can benefit from being treated in vodka. You can put a ring in vodka for just a few moments, clean and dry and check out the sparkle. 

Vodka cocktail

Baking soda: Create a paste of baking soda and water and apply to silver with a sponge, before rubbing and buffing for a smooth finish. Only use this hack on silver and gold - not gemstones themselves.