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Cleaning Methods For Fake Jewelry

Updated on April 11, 2009

Costume or fake jewelry has long been a favorite fashion accessory of women, men and even children. It comes in all shapes, colors, and materials. It can be bought, vintage or handmade. No matter what kind it is, eventually it will get dirty and need to be cleaned. There are several methods to clean your fake jewelry regularly so that it sparkles and shines again to accentuate all your favorite outfits and showing off your style.


Sort your fake jewelry out to the different types. These types may include fake gold, fake silver, fake pearls etc. The reason for sorting is that different methods can be used according to the kind of costume jewelry you need to clean.

Organize your cleaning materials within easy reach. Fill the cup and container with water. Drop two denture tablets into the water in the cup and allow them time to dissolve. Add a squirt or two of liquid soap to one container of water and swish it around a bit. Fill the other container with water only.

Check all pieces of jewelry for loose parts. Make sure the backs are on any earrings securely. You can use the baking soda, toothpaste or soap and water method with most kinds of jewelry. The denture tablet method should be used only on jewelry that is unpainted or does not have any glued parts. This is because the denture method will dissolve the glue or paint.

Place some toothpaste on a soft wet toothbrush and gently scrub the jewelry. Rinse in running water or container of clean water for the toothpaste method. For the baking soda method repeat the process using baking soda instead of toothpaste. If you use the soap and water method place the jewelry in the container of soapy water. For especially dirty jewelry you can let it soak for a few moments or gently use the wet toothbrush. Rinse with water as in the other methods. To use the denture tablet method place the jewelry in the dissolved tablet solution and leave for a few moments. Then take the jewelry out and rinse with clean water.

Dry your jewelry by laying it on the small towel to air dry or use the dry cloth to gently dab it dry.

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      mary 5 years ago

      I have a 40 year old necklace and the gold finish has worn off is there an inexpensive way to make it look on tone again. since under the gold was a nickel or some other inexpensive material. Doe gold leafing work?

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      Connie Whiting 6 years ago from Columbus,Ohio

      I was a bench jeweler so I know that :) But I wasn't making or selling jewelry. I was writing an article and many people do call it "fake" instead of fashion or the term I always used"costume"

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      Nayners 6 years ago

      It isn't "fake" jewelry, as it is still jewelry. The name is costume or fashion jewelry.

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      mimi 7 years ago

      thanks hun