Why buy store made jewelry cleaners when you can make it yourself? Here are 3 types of easy homemade jewelry cleaner to make with supplies you already have!
Homemade jewelry cleaner
I have to admit, I'm not very consistent with cleaning my jewelry anymore. I really only wear my wedding and engagement rings along with a diamond necklace all the time so I barely take them off to clean them.
I remember in those carefree days as a newlywed before all these kids took over the house and all my time, I'd dunk my newly acquired wedding rings in a jewelry cleaning solution every morning as I got ready for work-and then spend the day admiring my sparkling clean rings (I do like some bling!)
Nowadays I'm lucky to clean my face let alone my jewelry and when I do think of it more than likely I have no dedicated jewelry cleaner in the house, so I recently tested a few of the internet's millions of recipes for Homemade Jewelry Cleaner to share with you the best of the best.
DIY jewelry cleaners
*I've done a lot of research and tested these methods myself-however use at your own risk. Do not use any of these methods on pearls, opals, turquoise or other opaque stones or jewelry held together by glue.*
How to clean jewelry with alka-seltzer
I think this is my favorite DIY jewelry cleaner because it's so easy, simply drop the alka-seltzer tablets in about a cup of water, let sit for 5 minutes, rinse and shine!
Remove silver tarnish on jewelry with tin foil
The old chemistry geek in me loves a good chemical reaction so this is a favorite for cleaning tarnished silver jewelry at home (or silverware.)
- Line a dish bowl with a 4" square of tin foil.
- Fill it to one inch with very hot water.
- Add one tablespoon of salt OR you can use baking soda (NOT BOTH-choose one) and stir to dissolve.
- Submerge silver in the solution for up to five minutes, rinse and buff dry. May be repeated if silver is very tarnished.
How to clean gold jewelry with beer
I know, right? Who'd have thought? To clean and polish solid gold jewelry simply dunk a clean cloth in a bit of light beer (lager or pilsner) and polish. Use a clean cloth to wipe dry.
How to clean diamond and silver jewelry with toothpaste
Diamonds and silver jewelry can be polished by using an old toothbrush to gently buff with a gentle toothpaste. Rinse and buff dry for incredible shine!
So what do you do for those pearls and other precious stones that can't be cleaned with any of these homemade jewelry cleaners? Simply buff with a lint-free cloth and call it a day. Those stones are too delicate to be submerged in cleaners. If you can, try to gently wipe after each wearing before you put them away.
How often do you clean your jewelry? Any other DIY jewelry cleaner ideas I should try and test out?
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