Thursday, July 26, 2012

Homemade Jewery Cleaner

With kids, pets, crafts, gardens, cooking, and other messy things in our lives we find that our wedding bands and other jewelry are getting pretty gunky. And while we could take them to a jeweler to have them cleaned, or buy some commercial cleaner at the store, you know we much rather make something ourselves! We like knowing what's in the cleansers we use as well as saving a few bucks in the process! And this one that we found on contains only a few ingredients that we already had on hand. And it worked GREAT!!!


What You Need:
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Dish Soap
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Small Bowl (we used a regular cereal bowl)

Heat your water in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.  While it's heating up, cut your foil to fit roughly into the bottom of your bowl.

Pour the water into the bowl...

Then add the rest of your ingredients.  Give it a little stir, but know that there will still be residue on the bottom. That's ok!

Drop in your rings and other jewelry and let them sit for 5-10 minutes.

We swear they're in there! They are that slightly darker spot near the middle

When the time is up, rinse them in cool water and dry with a soft cloth. Then look at those babies shine!

Supposedly this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. We tried it on gold with beautiful results!

By the way, it is our baby sister's 21st birthday today! 

Happy Birthday Cara!! 

Come back on Monday to see what gift we made to help her celebrate this milestone! We can't tell you now...that would ruin the surprise!

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  1. That's so much better than trying to scrub them and scratching the surface. It's amazing how that chemical reaction causes the tarnish to vanish!

  2. i need to try this! i've used baking soda and a rag to scrub the varnish from my silver jewelry, but it takes a while and a bit of work to do it. this sounds great! thanks! :) lisa

  3. I've used toothpaste in the past, I'm going to give this a try! I just received some hand-me-down jewelry that could use some cleaning. Can't wait to see how it works. Thanks.

  4. It's great that you make your own cleaner because you want to know what's in it, but have you looked at the ingredients in Dawn? They are terrible! The vast majority of the ingredients are hormone disruptors, skin irritants, environmental toxicants, neurotoxins and some are even linked to cancer!

    1. ...and it would be wise to throw out your microwave, don't be lazy - microwaves only take out the nutrition in your food and also radiates it and yourself...peace

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  5. Ok. Wow!! I just tried this on my sterling silver earrings and necklace. It worked beautifully! I usually use a silver cleaning and polishing cloth, which takes a while to rub all over. This was SO easy, I had everything at home and it cleans it way better than the cloth. My jewelry is shiny and beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. I found it on Pinterest.

  6. Oh wow! Just what I've been looking for! 2years of wearing my wedding ring and never once I had a proper cleaning for it. It'll be my anniversary towards end of this month and I have been contemplating to send our wedding ring for that 'service' it needed. This is what I needed so much. I will not have to wait long to get our ring return to us plus all the ingredients are readily available. This is great.