Proper maintenance will help keep your steel and zinc necklace sparkly and shiny. You can purchase a stainless steel cleaner to spruce up necklaces made of zinc and steel, or try making a homemade cleaner for this purpose.

Things You'll Need


Vinegar

Lay the necklace down on a clean paper towel.

Moisten another paper towel or cloth in vinegar and rub the necklace with it to remove tarnish.

Use a toothbrush soaked in vinegar to clean small details or tough spots.

Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Use a clean cloth to polish the necklace. This will add extra shine.

Lemon Juice

Lay the necklace down on a clean paper towel.

Cut a lemon in half. Rub the lemon over the entire necklace, focusing on areas which need extra cleaning.

Use a toothbrush soaked in lemon juice to clean small details or tough spots.

Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Use a clean cloth to polish the necklace. This will add extra shine.

Baking Soda

Lay the necklace down on a clean paper towel.

Mix baking soda and a few drops of water until it forms a paste.

Rub the paste into both sides of the necklace and let it absorb for a few minutes.

Use a toothbrush covered with the baking soda paste to clean small details or tough spots.

Rinse off the necklace with a tiny bit of water and rub with a clean paper towel until completely dry. Use a clean cloth to polish the necklace. This will add extra shine.

Toothpaste

Lay the necklace down on a clean paper towel.

Squeeze toothpaste onto a clean paper towel or soft cloth and rub it all over the necklace, spreading evenly.

Use a toothbrush covered with toothpaste to clean small details or tough spots.

Rinse off the necklace with a tiny bit of water and rub with a clean paper towel until completely dry. Use a clean cloth to polish the necklace. This will add extra shine.

Tips

  • Clean a stainless steel or zinc necklace as soon as you see any tarnish or loss of color.

  • Store a stainless steel or zinc necklace away from sunlight and air when not in use. A cosmetic bag, jewelry bag, jewelry box or even a Ziploc bag make great storage containers for a necklace.

  • Always dry the necklace completely when it accidentally gets wet. Never wear it in the shower.