If you are wondering why your earrings are dirty this might be because you haven’t been cleaning them too often. This is something you want to avoid because the less you clean your earrings the more gunk starts to build upon them. This gunk usually has a bad smell. In this article, I will show you how to clean your earrings using these 8 amazing hacks.



What is the gunk that builds up on earings called?

That smelly gunky stuff that builds on the back of your earrings is called smegma. In the absence of washing or exposure to air, it forms when something is in contact with the skin for a long period of time. In order to prevent this, be sure to take your earrings out every day and wash your lobes.



How to clean earrings

To clean your earrings properly I will show you 9 hacks you can use. After using these hacks to clean your earrings they will be way cleaner than before. They will also be no more gunk on them.



Clean them with vinegar

using vinegar to clean earrings in a dishDid you know that you can use vinegar as an earring cleaner? Well, now you know. Vinegar can be used to clean a lot of things. But before you clean your earrings with vinegar remember to do research to see if your type of earrings can be cleaned with vinegar.


To clean your earrings with vinegar all you have to do is pour 1-2 cups of vinegar into a mason jar and place the earrings inside of it. Now let them soak for 2-3 hours before taking them out. The reason why you should let them soak for this long is that doing this will get rid of all the dirt, grime, and gunk that was on them. After letting them soak, it is now time to take them out and use a clean damp microfiber cloth to wipe them. Doing this will get rid of the vinegar smell. After wiping them place them somewhere to dry.



Use dish soap

Dish soap is great for cleaning earrings as well, especially diamond earrings. I will know you show you how to clean your diamond earrings with dish soap. To clean your diamond earrings with dish soap you have to mix together 2-3 drops of dish soap and 2 cups of warm water. Then wait for the water to cool down and dip a toothbrush into it. Now use the toothbrush to gently scrub away the dirt and grime that’s on the earrings. You can also soak the earrings inside the solution as well. Soaking them will get rid of the gunk that was on the earrings. After doing this use a let them soak in a different container of water, then dry them with a paper towel or a clean microfiber cloth.

You can also use a jewelry cleaning pen to clean your earrings.



Wipe Earrings with a microfiber cloth

cleaning an earring with a clothMicrofiber cloths are a must to have when cleaning things because they can clean almost anything without leaving behind thread residues. While most time these residues aren’t a big issue, they can still make things such as your earrings look old and ugly. A microfiber cloth will remove any grease or fingerprint marks that are on your earrings, it will also remove the black gunk that’s on it as well. To clean your earrings with a microfiber cloth all you have to do is place the cloth under running warm water and use it to wipe the earrings. That’s it! Now place the earrings somewhere where they can dry easily.



Let them sit in warm water

Earrings in a dish of warm waterThis is the simplest hack in this article. All you have to do is boil some water and then pour it out in a mug or mason jar. Then place the earrings in the water and let them soak for 30 minutes. After that, you should use a toothbrush to gently clean the earrings, then use a clean microfiber cloth to dry them. While this method is very simple it is not as effective as the previous hacks/methods.



Shine silver earrings with ketchup

ketchup about to be squeezed on earring to clean itOut of all of the hacks in the article, this one is the strangest one. But not because it is strange and weird doesn’t mean it is not effective. Ketchup can be used for a lot of surprising things and cleaning silver is one of them. If you are interested you can check out an article I made showing you 5 different ketchup cleaning hacks.

When cleaning your silver earrings with ketchup make sure to only clean the silver areas. If your earrings have diamonds in them then I recommend not to do this hack. after doing this you’ll realize that your silver earrings are way shiner than before.



Clean with silver wipes

If you don’t want to use ketchup then your can use Silver wipes. Silver wipes are another great way to clean your silver earrings. You can get these on Amazon for a reasonable price. These aren’t only good at cleaning earrings, they can also clean any silver material such as utensils and jewelry. The formula used to make these wipes aren’t strong enough to damage your earrings but strong enough to clean and make them shiny.



Use hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is another great earring cleaner. Not only will hydrogen peroxide clean your earrings it will also disinfect them as well making you less likely to get an ear infection. To clean your earrings with hydrogen peroxide; pour a little dab of hydrogen peroxide on a microfiber cloth and use it to clean all over the earrings.

Another way to clean your earrings with hydrogen peroxide is to get a container and pour 1 cup of peroxide into it. Then place the earrings in the hydrogen peroxide for 6 minutes, then place them in a container of warm water for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes take them out and use a toothbrush and gently scrub away the grime that was on the earrings.



Use a toothpick to clean hard to reach areas

using a toothpick to clean an earringUsing a toothpick to clean earrings might seem odd at first but most earrings usually have a complex design with small crevices and holes. These holes usually have gunk inside of them and a regular cleaning cloth won’t get rid of them, so it’s best to use a toothpick to clean these hard-to-reach areas.




In this article, I showed you how to clean earrings with 8 different hacks. I hope this article was helpful.





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