If you are like most people, there is at least one item of jewelry you rarely –if ever– take off. But think about it, anything that is always on your hand or touching your body day in and day out is going to collect dirt, dead skin, body oils, bacteria, and viruses. Aside from dulling the sparkle of your jewels, this accumulated grime can get stuck in crevices of your jewelry and make you and others around you sick. You may wash your hands before preparing food or touching a loved one, but did you wash every nook and cranny of your jewelry too?
Fortunately, there are safe, non-toxic, easy DIY jewelry cleaners you can make at home.
1. Gold without gemstones
Gold jewelry without gemstones can be soaked in beer to clean and restore shine. After 5 minutes, remove, rinse, and rub dry.
Combine a small amount of baby shampoo with warm water in a bowl. Use a microfiber cloth to rub your pearls gently in the soapy water. Remove, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Mix 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt in a coffee mug with 1 cup of boiling water and ½ cup of vinegar. Soak your silver jewelry in it for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of dry instant milk, and ½ cup of water. Soak your copper jewelry overnight, rinse, and pat dry.
5. All Purpose Gentle Soak
Combine 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, salt, and gentle dishwashing soap in a small bowl. Set the small bowl in a larger bowl of warm water. Soak your jewelry in the small bowl for ten minutes, then rinse, and dry. Safe for most jewelry.
6. All Purpose Scrub
A little natural toothpaste and an old toothbrush do a great job of cleaning out the crevices in your jewelry. After scrubbing thoroughly, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
7. All Purpose Overnight Soak
For a hassle free overnight cleaning, fill a jar with ½ cup of vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil. Let soak overnight. If any gunk remains, use #2 then rinse with water.