How to Clean Smelly Earrings: A Comprehensive Guide

Earrings are a staple accessory for many, adding a touch of elegance and style to our appearance. However, they can also harbor dirt and bacteria over time, resulting in unpleasant odors.

 This guide shows you how to clean your smelly earrings effectively.

Understanding Your Earnings

Knowing what your earrings are made of is vital before you start the cleaning process. Whether dealing with diamond, platinum, silver, or delicate pearl earrings, each type requires a different cleaning approach.

Robust Materials: Diamond, Platinum, and Silver

Earrings of robust materials like diamond, platinum, or silver can endure more rigorous cleaning.

Cleaning Method

  1. Fill a small container with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
  2. Drop your earrings into the container, ensuring the entirety of each piece is submerged.
  3. Allow them to soak for about ten minutes.

Quick Clean Technique

There's a quick cleaning method you can utilize.

Quick Cleaning Method

  1. Grab an alcohol wipe pad.
  2. Rub your earring gently yet thoroughly with the alcohol pad.
  3. Pat the earring dry with a clean paper towel.

Deep Cleaning: Getting Rid of Dirt

Sometimes, even after soaking your earrings in a cleaning solution, dirt might still be lodged in crevices. Here's how to handle that.

Deep Cleaning Method

  1. After soaking, lay your earrings on a clean paper towel.
  2. Use a toothpick to remove any remaining dirt gently.
  3. If you are not in a rush, you can soak your earrings longer. Otherwise, pat them dry and let them air dry further.

Caring for Delicate Pearl Earrings

Pearl earrings require a more delicate approach due to their fragile nature.

Pearl Cleaning Method

  1. Soak a soft tissue or cotton pad in warm water.
  2. Clean the pearl earring, treating it as delicately as you would handle a baby.
  3. If the earrings are still dirty, add a small dab of delicate dish or hand soap to your cleaning tool and gently clean the pearl.
  4. Rinse quickly with warm water.
  5. If unsatisfied with the result, leave your pearl earrings in lukewarm water for five minutes and pat dry with a clean cloth.


Remember, regular cleaning of your earrings keeps them sparkling and helps prevent any odors from building up. Follow this guide to keep your earrings in top shape. 


Can I clean pearl earrings with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol?

Hydrogen peroxide and alcohol are too harsh for delicate pearl earrings and can damage them.

How often should I clean my earrings?

Ideally, you should clean them every two weeks.

Can I leave my earrings to soak overnight in the cleaning solution?

For robust materials like diamond, platinum, and silver, you can, but it's not necessary. For pearls, not as it can damage them.

What can I use if I don't have hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol for cleaning?

Mild dish soap mixed with warm water can also do the trick for most earring types except pearls.

Can I use this cleaning method for other jewelry items?

Yes, You can use this method for most jewelry, but always make sure to consider the material of the jewelry item first.

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