My standard natural jewelry cleaner recipe is as easy as using an old soft-bristle toothbrush and a little elbow grease. No, really. More than likely, you do notneed anything more than this!
Soak your jewelry in very hot water with a little liquid castile soap mixed in. Or even dish soap will do the trick. Let soak for about ten minutes and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush to get in the tiny crevices.
Simple, Safe & Effective:
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
scrub with a soft toothbrush
Another common jewelry cleaner recipe is one that uses baking soda. This is fine if you are simply soaking the jewelry in this solution and then rinsing it clean, but do not rub jewelry with baking soda, especially silver or gold as it is too abrasive and you will dull the surface of your metal.
Baking Soda Soak:
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon baking soda
Is your silver tarnished? If you have tarnished silver there is an easy trick to pull off the tarnish with stuff you have in your kitchen! Simply line a pot with aluminum foil, add a few inches of hot water and baking soda and bring it to a boil. Turn off your burner and add the jewelry. Within ten minutes you’ll see the aluminum darken as the tarnish is pulled off your silver!
So why not use ammonia? Most commercial solutions have ammonia in them as the main ingredient. Yes, it cleans well. Ammonia can also cause burning of your skin and if inhaled…death. It just isn’t something I like to have in a home I share with my children.
And you? How do you clean your jewelry? Share here!
Please Note: – These cleaners have not been tested on all pieces and types of jewelry in your home…only mine so please use at your own risk.