Earrings are worn in your ears, so they’re bound to get dirtier than any other piece of jewellery. Whether you’re a fan of large hoops or dainty studs, your earrings will collect residue from hair products, skincare products, sweat, and grease and dirt from your fingers. Express.co.uk reveals how to clean earrings.
How to clean earrings
The first step to cleaning your earrings is sterilising them.
Wash your hands thoroughly and pour some alcohol or vinegar on a cotton wool pad.
Run it down the post of any earring, but don’t use it on a stone or metal setting.
This will get rid of any harmful bacteria and make your earrings safe to wear.
Before cleaning the rest of the earring, you need to take into consideration the material your earrings are made from.
Earrings are worn in your ears, so they’re bound to get dirtier than any other piece of jewellery.
Whether you’re a fan of large hoops or dainty studs, your earrings will collect residue from hair products, skincare products, sweat, and grease and dirt from your fingers. Express.co.uk reveals how to clean earrings.
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How to clean gold earrings
Solid gold earrings can be cleaned by dipping them in some rubbing alcohol for a couple of minutes.
Rose, yellow or white gold earrings can all be cleaned in a different way.
All you need to do is soak them in soapy water for half an hour.
This can be a mixture of washing up liquid and warm water.
Then, brush the earrings with a soft new baby’s toothbrush to remove any build up of dirt and debris.
Give the earrings a rinse with clean water and then dry using a lint-free cloth.
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How to clean diamond earrings
You need to be careful with diamond earrings, so avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning them.
All you need to do is place the diamond earrings in some warm soapy water.
Only use a mild detergent in the water, though, as anything harsh will damage the precious earrings.
Move the earrings around in the water to encourage the dirt to dislodge itself.
If there are stubborn collections of built-up dirt, use a soft toothbrush to clean the area with the soap water.
Rinse the earrings in clean water and dry with a lint-free cloth.
How to clean pearl earrings
Pearl earrings are even more delicate, and you’ll need to look after them to keep them shining.
Use a damp cloth to wipe each pearl, and then take a clean dry cloth to dab the pearls.
Let the pearls dry completely and then place them in a box in your jewellery box.
You don’t need to use any products on pearls.