If you have noticed I focus on saving money and on making things at home. My daughter and I had gone to our jeweler and during our appointment the jeweler cleaned my rings. On our way home I commented that it seemed as though my ring seemed to be dirtier than before they cleaned it. So, of course I jumped on good ol' Google and found a recipe at Classy Clutter for their Magic Homemade Jewelry Cleaner. I was so excited and off I went to the kitchen like a mad scientist for an experiment. The great girls from Classy Clutter have it figured out because wow my rings were much cleaner now. Thank you ladies!
Please keep in mind I am not a jeweler nor an expert in how to clean jewelry. There are always risks when you clean your own jewelry. After reading several blogs and jewelry websites, I highly suggest that you do not use this recipe on your pearls. I personally have used it on a variety of metals including both yellow and white gold, sterling silver, and titanium. One ring I cleaned is 45 years old and I was amazed. It has worked wonders on my diamonds and cubic zirconia. As I clean other metals and stone I will let you know.
Now, if you know me, I had to try it a few different times with some variations to figure out what I liked best.
Here is what I have come up with.
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Dish Soap
2 cups Boiling Water
2 cups Cold Water
Items You Need
2 Glass or Porcelain Bowls
Aluminum Foil Tongs
Soft Soft Towel or Cloth
1. Take the piece of aluminum foil with the shiny side outward and line the bowl.
2. Mix together and kosher salt. Place the mixture in the bowl.
3. Add the dish soap to the bowl.
4. Put the jewelry in the bowl. You want each piece of jewelry to touch the aluminum foil. I did two or three pieces at a time.
5. Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the boiling water into the bowl. There will be an interesting reaction of bubbling that occurs initially.
6. Let the jewelry soak for 10 minutes. You can do more or less soak time depending on how patient you are and how dirty your jewelry may be.
7. Fill the 2nd bowl with cold water.
8. Using the tongs, lift out the jewelry from the first bowl and move it to the second bowl.
9. Remove the jewelry from the second bowl and place on a soft cloth.
10. If your jewelry was not to dirty you are most likely done. If your jewelry was really dirty you can use a soft toothbrush to clean the jewelry deeper. In addition, using the soft cloth to rub off any remaining dirt will also help. If necessary, repeat.
A Few Points to Remember
Check your jewelry settings before and after cleaning.
Do not clean near a sink. It is a lot of work tearing apart your plumbing to find your wedding ring.
If you are worried about a piece of jewelry being damaged or ruined then do not clean it yourself.
Do not hurry because that is when you are more likely to scratch or damage your jewelry.
Please keep in mind I am not a jeweler nor an expert in how to clean jewelry. There are always risks when you clean your own jewelry.
I am looking forward to seeing your before and after pictures. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.