Dish soap, warm water, a toothbrush and soft cloths are all the supplies needed to clean earrings. For most earrings, except pearls, a soak in mild detergent and warm water, a gentle scrub with a toothbrush and a drying buff with soft cloth are all it takes to restore their beauty.
- Gather materials
Find two shallow bowls, a strainer, mild dish soap, warm water, old toothbrushes and lint-free cloths. Gather the earrings that need to be cleaned. Additional cloths can be useful for lining the work surface to protect it and the jewelry.
- Soak earrings
Add to the bowl a few drops of soap and enough warm water to cover the earrings. Place earrings in strainer, lower into water and soak for five minutes.
- Scrub gently
If needed, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away dirt and grime. Be careful not to loosen any stones or settings.
- Rinse, and dry
Fill another bowl with more warm water. Return the earrings to the strainer, and submerge in clean rinse water. Swish them around if necessary. Remove, then dry with a lint-free cloth. Buff to restore the shine.
- Clean pearl earrings
For pearl earrings, soaking is not recommended, since a soak can damage pearls. Instead lay them on a soft cloth, then brush them gently with a soft brush dipped in mild soapy water. Rinse them with a damp, soft cloth. Allow pearl earrings to air dry.