Despite all its luster, jewelries tend to lose their shine over time. But this does not mean that the accessories you held dear was a cheap knockoff, it only means that they get cluttered over time. But when you think that getting back your jewelries’ sparkle has to be expensive, you’d be amazed to know that it isn’t simply true. There’s another way to do just that the least expensive way: by making a DIY jewelry cleaner.
One good thing about going DIY with your jewelry cleaner is that most of the ingredients you need for it should already present in your pantry. If not, sourcing for the missing ingredients costs only a few pennies. Equally important, none of the ingredients you’d be using contains abrasive chemicals which could otherwise potentially harm.
Furthermore, if you’ve a toothbrush lingering in the area, there’s no better way to lengthen its usefulness than to use it for cleaning your accessories. Talk about being practical through and through.
Pop Sugar’s DIY Jewelry Cleaner
Here’s what you need:
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Small container
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Aluminum foil
- 1 teaspoon dish detergent
- Paper towel
- 1 cup hot water
- Used toothbrush
Make sure to have all the ingredients you need for the jewelry cleaner mixture as listed above. The most important elements in this procedure are the aluminum foil, baking soda, and the salt. When mixed with one another, these ingredients create a chemical reaction called ion transfer which has the power to cleanse metals.
Begin the mixing procedure by lining the bowl with a square piece of aluminum foil inside it. Pour the baking soda, dish detergent, and salt on top of the aluminum foil. Afterwards, pour the how water into the mixture, producing a frothy liquid.
Leave you jewelries in the liquid solution for about 10 minutes.
Remove the jewelries from the cleaning solution and start scrubbing on its every area. Rinse the accessories after doing the scrubbing and let them dry.
You will be surprised at how effective the solution is at this point. I know because I have personally tried it on silver, gold, sterling, and other precious stones with brilliant results.
One major perk of making a solution based on least harmful formula is that there is no fear of going through it over and over again. So, if you find your first attempt at cleaning your accessories may have left some blemishes still, feel free to repeat on the steps as necessary.
Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil, and Witch Hazel
Literally, this solution is limited only to three ingredients, namely baking soda, tea tree oil, and witch hazel.
Start off by putting your jewelries inside a glass mason jar.
Pour in ½ cup of witch hazel extract, covering the jewelries in its natural fluid. If witch hazel essence is not available, you can always substitute it with vinegar. Add a drop of tea tree oil in the vinegar and then swirl to make a mix.
Let the jewelries sit in the mixture overnight.
Coming next morning, coat the jewelries with baking soda. Scrub the jewelries with a used toothbrush afterwards. Rinse the freshly brushed jewelries with running water.
While there is no denying that this formula is indeed effective, there’s a caveat to resorting to this mixture. Primarily, the ingredients used in this mixture has the possibility of damaging your accessory.
So, do not use this solution if your bling is made out of porous stones or if your jewelry is plated.
Baking Soda and Hot Water
Of the recipes listed in this article, this is the formula which contains the least number of ingredients. Essentially, all this solution need is a mixture of baking soda and hot water.
Pour in 1 to 2 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of hot water. Leave your jewelries in the solution for several minutes.
Dish Detergent and Warm Water
Yet another minimalist formula that actually works wonders. All this recipe requires is a dish detergent and some warm water.
Making this concoction is as simple and straightforward as mixing in the dish detergent with warm water. Leave your accessories in the mixture for several minutes; longer if necessary.
Take out your jewelries from their soaked state and scrub on each.
Rinse on your freshly scratched accessories by soaking them into a new container which is filled with lukewarm water.
Dry off your accessories with a regular cloth or paper towel.