DIY Natural Jewelry Cleaner
I have been using this DIY cleaner for the last several years and love it. So far it has worked on all types of jewelry. It is natural and therefore I don’t have to worry about it wreaking havoc on even some of my less expensive pieces.
I have spent more than I want to comment on for jewelry cleaners. As I make a lot of my own jewelry, I have a lot of it. To keep it clean and sanitized takes only a bit of time, but a lot of money for commercial cleaners.
Save money and make your own!
- ½ cup with hazel
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda
- Old Toothbrush – cleaned
Many people suggest using white vinegar, but it can be abrasive to opals and “soft” stone jewelry. For high-quality jewelry (not costume) I use special commercial cleaners. Luckily I don’t have much of these so one bottle lasts years.
Don’t use this recipe on any aluminum or soft stone jewelry.
- Place several pieces of like jewelry in a glass jar
- Pour in witch hazel
- Add tea tree oil and stir to mix.
- Leave Jewelry in jar overnight – Don’t be surprised to find the color of liquid to change and find “bits” floating in it. Depends on how dirty your jewelry is. My rings often have bits of dough from baking because I won’t take them off (wedding rings).
- Remove jewelry from mixture
- Shake baking soda over pieces and scrub with toothbrush
- Rinse in warm water using kitchen sprayer to get all areas and inlay of jewelry (be sure to put a cloth in strainer)
- Dry with soft cloth.
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