DIY Jewelry Cleaner

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DIY Jewelry Cleaner made with 3 common household ingredients. Dish soap, salt, and baking soda. It really works!

Maybe you are more careful with your jewelry than me, but I wear my wedding rings all the time.

Last Sunday in church as I was taking notes, I noticed how dirty my diamond ring had gotten. (Doesn’t Satan use any little thing to distract us!) I began to scratch away some of the build-up around the prongs, but it was really stuck on there. I focused back on the preaching and made a mental note to seriously clean my rings this week.

The first thing I tried was an old toothbrush and toothpaste. I don’t really know why I tried this. Let’s just say it did not work. Not at all. After scrubbing and rinsing my ring, all the gunk was still there.

Since I had no jewelry cleaner in the house, I started looking up homemade options on Pinterest. There are many, many jewelry cleaner recipes out there! Some of them made me a little nervous using vinegar or even ammonia. I read a lot of negative comments about the potential for these liquids to discolor or ruin jewelry, so I kept looking.

Finally, I came across this recipe I’m sharing with you today. I found this recipe in several places, and it appears to have been around a long time. I don’t think there is one person credited for discovering it. But I had never heard about it, so maybe you haven’t either.

This DIY Jewelry Cleaner includes ingredients I normally put my hands into all the time, so that is the logic I used in thinking it would be safe for my rings. Since this recipe uses very hot water, I would not use it to clean any jewelry with glued-on stones. I am certainly no jewelry expert, so use your own judgement before cleaning your jewelry.

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To make this DIY Jewelry Cleaner you’ll need:

  • 1 cup water – This one is easy. I’m pretty certain water won’t harm jewelry.
  • 1 tablespoon salt – I have been in the ocean many times wearing my rings, so this should be safe.
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda – I like to bake and often roll out dough with my rings on, so this should be fine.
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap – My hands have been in way too much dish soap with my rings on. I know this won’t harm them.
  • soft tooth brush – If your jewelry is really dirty (like mine was) you might need to do a little scrubbing. A soft bristled tooth brush should do the trick.
  • glass bowl – A small glass bowl is perfect to hold the cleaning solution.

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Heat 1 cup of water in the microwave for about 2 minutes until it barely starts to boil. You’ll see tiny bubbles start to break the surface of the water. My microwave took 2 minutes 15 seconds. Remove the water from the microwave and mix in all the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently.

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The solution will be slightly foamy on top and steaming hot.

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Drop your dirty jewelry right into the Jewelry Cleaner.
Ewww…you can even see a tiny fuzz on my ring. Goodbye nastiness!

Let your jewelry soak in the solution for 10 minutes.
Remove carefully using a spoon (it will still be hot).
If your jewelry still looks a little dirty, give it a gentle scrub with the toothbrush, then swish it around in the cleaning solution again. I also used a wooden toothpick on some of the deep crevices to loosen the super-stuck gunk. It came off very easily!

When your jewelry pieces look clean, rinse them in cold water. It’s a good idea to plug your drain first if you’re rinsing them in a sink. I put my ring back on my finger to rinse it to make sure I wouldn’t drop it.

And here are the results!

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Before: dull and cloudy looking
After: clear and shiny

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Before: residue sticking to the prongs and to the diamond
After: clean prongs and no gunk stuck around the diamond at all
(You can even see my finger through the bottom of the diamond setting!)

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Before: the diamond is so caked with residue it looks white
After: clear and clean

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Before: cloudy, soap-scum-like build up around the stone and prongs
After: nothing but shine

Give it a try, and let me know your results. If you love it, share it with a friend!
This stuff is so easy to make, you’ll never have to buy expensive jewelry cleaner again.

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DIY Jewelry Cleaner made with 3 common household ingredients. Dish soap, salt, and baking soda. It really works!

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7 Comments

  1. This works so well. I’ve been trying several recipes including the tootbrush and toothpaste formula, but it didn’t really give me what I wanted. But the moment I tried this, my jewelry became as sparkling as brand new.

  2. I first used a different solution. The one with using the aluminum foil. It was disastrous!!! Turn my jewelry black!! So I used this solution and it was AWESOME!!! Thank you!

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