Homemade jewelry cleaner that's affordable, easy, safe and will bring back the shine and sparkle you're looking for!
Before we get started, a little jewelry cleaning 101.
Some people think one jewelry cleaner is all they need but that’s a big mistake. (unless you only have one type of jewelry)
Cleaning diamonds is not the same as opals, turquoise, etc. and if you're using the wrong cleaner, you can damage and even blacken your jewelry.
Also, some of the ultrasonic jewelry cleaners on the market can damage the more delicate jewelry and even fracture your precious stones.
I’m going to share with you a couple recipes that should be used according to the jewelry you want to clean so you’ll have beautiful, safe results!
Warning: DO NOT use this cleaner on jewelry that is soft or porous due to the ammonia in the recipe. This would include stones such as opals, coral, turquoise, pearl, malachite, jade, amber and lapis. Also, if doing this over a sink, make sure you use a stopper over the drain. Not only could you drop your jewelry but if you have a loose stone it could fall out.
1 C Water, 2 Tbsp liquid dish soap, 1 t ammonia
Add the dish soap and the ammonia to 1 cup of water and mix it well. Add your jewelry to the mixture and allow it to soak in the solution for approximately 15 minutes. After soaking, use a soft brush (baby’s soft toothbrush will work if you don’t have a soft jewelry brush) and gently clean before rinsing with water. Use a soft cloth to pat dry.
1C Water, 2 Tbsp dishwasher detergent, 1 T baking soda, 1 T salt
While heating water, place foil on the bottom of a glass bowl.
Mix salt, baking soda and the dishwasher detergent together and pour on top of foil, then pour the hot water on top.
Place jewelry in the cleaner and let it soak approximately 15 minutes. Rinse with water, pat dry with clean cloth.
Also, white toothpaste alone with a brush can be used on silver jewelry if you want something quick and easy.