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How to clean your earrings in a responsible way

I myself don’t wear any type of earrings, yet a friend of mine does. And today, she’s here to give earring-wearers like herself some tips on how to properly clean them! So, take it away, Claire!


How often should you clean earrings? That depends on how often you wear them. It’s common for them to become a bit dull in colour over time. This is because you keep them in when you shower or because they come into contact with hair, skin, and earplugs. Try to minimise exposure to these elements – so fiddling with your earrings (a tic many people have) isn’t such a good idea.

Steps to clean them

  1. Use a lint-free, soft cloth (such as an eyeglass cloth) to clean your earrings. This prevents scratches and other damage. This method is suitable for all materials.
  2. Examine the (possible) stone of your earrings. Natural gemstones tend to attract dirt and therefore become easier dull than the others. Find out for each type of stone what the best cleaning technique is, never use chemical agents without having background information.
  3. If the earrings are really dirty, it’s a good idea to wash them with soap-free ‘soap’, one that’s pH neutral. This is how you do it: fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a small drop of this ‘soap’. Let this soak for a few minutes.
  4. Dry the earrings with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Finally, polish them with a special jewellery cloth or glasses cloth. They will shine like never before.

How to keep them

If you have valuable earrings in your possession, it’s a good idea to store them individually in a soft jewellery pouch, preferably made of velvety fabric. If you wear them every day, polish them with a dry cloth once every week – so you can enjoy them for as long as possible.

Love, Skye Lewis/Deem ❀

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