Have some jewelry that needs cleaning? Jewelry that sits can collect dust and become dirty.. rather than paying to have it cleaned professionally, how about making your own natural jewelry cleaner? Save money and the environment too by making your own inexpensive jewelry cleaner! Here's how:
Firstly, NEVER use vinegar with pearls!
- 1 tbsp dishwashing detergent
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp household ammonia
- 3 cups warm water
- Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- To use, soak jewelry in the solution for 1-10 minutes
- Use a toothbrush or a well-washed mascara brush for hard to reach places.
- Rinse and dry with a soft clean cloth. Do not soak pearls in this solution, instead rub them gently with a soft cloth slightly dampened.
To Clean Gold Jewelry
You will need Cider Vinegar only to clean your gold jewelry.
- Pour cider vinegar in a shallow glass.
- Place gold jewelry in the vinegar being sure to cover completely.
- Let the jewelry sit in the vinegar for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the jewelry and wipe clean with a soft, clean cloth – should be really clean and shiny again!
To Clean Silver Jewelry
- Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil
- Place the jewelry in the bowl making sure it’s touching the foil
- Cover the jewelry with baking soda – just enough so that you can’t see it, not too much.
- Add about 1 cup of boiling water – enough to immerse the jewelry.
- Let soak for a few minutes, up to 5 depending on how dirty it is.
- Use tongs or even a fork to remove the jewelry from the bowl (as it's hot) and rise under cold water!
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