I’ve been using items readily available in my kitchen to clean my jewelry ever since I ruined some of my mother’s vintage baubles cleaning them with a store bought cleaner. I figured if it works, fantastic, and if it doesn’t, at least it won’t cause the damage like so many cleaners filled with chemicals will. There’s one recipe that has been my go to for the past few years and you won’t believe how simple it is.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 mug of hot water (microwave for 1 to 2 mins)
- 1 bowl big enough to hold your jewels
- Aluminum foil
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp dishwashing soap
All you need to do is cut a piece of foil so that it covers the inside bottom of the bowl you will be using. Pour hot water into the bowl followed by salt, baking soda and dishwashing soap. Place jewelry inside this mixture for 10 minutes. Then remove jewels, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Ta Daa!
Now I know photography can play tricks on us and you may believe that the ‘after’ pic shines more due to lighting, angle, etc. so I highly suggest you try this super simple method and see for yourself the sparkly results.
CAUTION – I have used this method for silver, gold (both yellow and white), platinum and diamonds. I do not know how this will react to stones so you may want to ask your jeweler first.