14 September 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Jewelry Cleaner

I always put off cleaning my jewelry. I threw out my jewelry cleaner when we moved 5 years ago, and I never bought more. If my rings need a little polish, they get some toothpaste. My earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are lucky if they get a little love from a microfiber cloth. So when I saw a pin for a D-I-Y Jewelry Cleaner, I saw a chance for a Pin Buster blog post and clean jewelry!




I cut the amounts in half since I was only testing it - plus you can't store it - you have to make a fresh batch each time. My version is listed below. The original "recipe" came from food.com, and you can see the original amounts there.

D-I-Y Jewelry Cleaner
1/2  TBSP. salt
1/2  TBSP. baking soda
1/2  TBSP. dish detergent
1/2 c. hot water
bowl
1 piece aluminum foil, cut to fit bottom of bowl

Directions:
1) Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
2) Place cut piece of aluminum foil in bottom of bowl
3) Pour hot water into bowl. Add salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid.
4) Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. 
6) Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry with soft cloth.
7) Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.

This is a quote from the food.com recipe page (any grammatical errors are original and not mine): "According to wire-sculpture.com, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".  


I think it's difficult to capture the differences in the jewelry before & after cleaning, but I took pictures anyway. Take my word for it - the jewelry was much more sparkly afterward!


The verdict: Pin-worthy! This works just as well as the jewelry cleaner that you can buy at the store. It's easy to make, easy to clean up, and it's not full of chemicals - what's not to like? I think if you needed a little extra cleaning, you could just use a soft toothbrush. Now I just need to clean the rest of my jewelry - that's at least 50 additional pairs of earrings, and then there are the bracelets, necklaces, and other rings. Can a girl ever really have too much jewelry? Maybe I need to make a full batch of cleaner next time...