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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.

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.

Tip

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.

Warning

Do not completely soak the necklace in water when cleaning it. Water causes it to rust. If you do wet the necklace, remember to thoroughly towel dry it.

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Aleksandra Ozimek

Aleksandra Ozimek has been writing professionally since 2007 for a fashion blog, various online media and the "Queens Courier," in addition to interning at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in journalism and photography from St. John's University, where she is completing her master's degree.