HOMEMADE JEWELRY CLEANER SOLUTION
MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY CLEANER SOLUTION AT HOME FOR FREE
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Why pay $2 – $12 for jewelry cleaner solution when you don’t have to?
Most people already have the needed ingredients at home. :)
All you have to do is put them together.
The big secret:
Here’s a secret that many don’t know… This is what the pros use. They don’t use the cleaning solution that they sell over the counter, oh no. They make their own simple formulas that anyone can do. Plus, it works better anyway. :)
Jewelry cleaner is nothing more than a strong cleaning solution and a little suds.
So why spend the money?
Just walk over to your kitchen cupboards and pull out these common cleaners:
- Mr. Clean (or Ammonia)
- Dawn Dish Soap (or any Dish Soap)
There you have it.
Easy at that. Now run some hot tap water, grab a bowl and mix in 7 parts hot water, 1 part Mr. Clean and a tiny squirt of Dawn Dish soap… Like so…
Stir it up and you’re ready to clean.
You’re in hot water:
You see, the hot water (not boiling) is the trick. It does wonders to cleaning your jewelry, diamonds and gemstones (ever try doing dishes in cold water? It doesn’t work so well).
Just be careful not to put fragile gems like emeralds, tanzanite, opal or pearls in the hot liquid (see full list here). The hot water could dry out the gems and crack them. But for harder gemstones like sapphire, ruby, diamond, topaz and quartz; no problem. It works like a charm.
Let your jewelry soak in the solution for a few minutes, or put this solution into your ultrasonic cleaner and turn it on. It usually takes about 3 minutes to soak and agitate to remove most dirt and debris. When you see dirt particles breaking off and dissolving away from your jewelry, you’ll know it’s working.
Where’s the toothbrush?
Now take an old soft toothbrush and gently dab at your jewelry to remove any remaining dirt or debris.
Make sure you get underneath the diamonds, prongs and crevices where crud will build up.
Rinse off your items with warm tap water (don’t let them go down the drain), and your rings will sparkle like the day you bought them.
It’s quick, it’s easy, and this is what the jewelry stores use.
So unless the stores actually give you a bottle of solution for free… MAKE YOUR OWN!
Clean your diamonds and gemstones once a week to keep them clean, and this will also prolong the life of your jewelry. The dirt won’t erode them.
It’s a simple cleaning solution that works just as well as the pros.
And you did it all for free.
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Hi! Great article! I’ve been using the same thing for ages, and have always got great results. Mostly I drop my rings and real gold earrings in the solution before I get in the shower, and take them out to give them a quick scrub, and a rinse in hot running water, after I’m done with hair products and makeup application. Dry with an old soft washcloth, and I’m ready to go!
Just a thought – or two! I have been using an old container from commercial jewelry cleaner I bought and used up ages ago for exactly this purpose. The jar kind with the lid, the dipping tray and the little cleaning brush that it all came with originally. I love that you can use the dipping tray to pull the items out of the hot cleaning solution and hold on to them while you transfer them to HOT clear water to rinse them, and the little brush is perfect to get up under the stones to clean them well! If you need to replace that little brush, because it’s worn out or lost, go to the HBA section of any large “big box” store (Walmart, Target, etc.) and look in the makeup brushes section for an eyebrow brush! Usually the perfect size. Especially if you don’t happen to have an old toothbrush laying around, waiting to be used for this.
Or, if you feel like an actual toothbrush is needed, buy a child’s soft toothbrush to use. The bristles are a little softer, and the whole thing is a bit smaller to handle around smaller pieces of jewelry.
Thanks again for your great helpful articles! Happy Monday!