My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

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To be honest with you, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but if I do, I want it to look nice. So, I decided to share my homemade jewelry cleaner recipe with you today. It’s inexpensive and easy to make and use. Let me be clear here, if you have really fine jewelry, please consult your jewelry maker for cleaning instructions.

It’s been years since I saw my wedding ring under those lights at the jewelry store. I remember taking it in to be cleaned at least once a year to make it sparkle again. It would look brand new after the jewelry store did their magic in the back room.

Recently I visited a local jewelry store to have a ring repaired and have it cleaned at the same time. It looked beautiful when they brought it out to me. It had that “sparkle” again.

Right then and there I thought to myself, I need to make my own jewelry cleaner and not have to have it cleaned at a jewelry store once a year.

Have you ever purchased a jar of that pink “stuff” at a local city Expo when they have one? I would use it to clean my ring and put it under the bathroom sink and forget about it, you get the picture.

Then after a year, it didn’t seem to work as well as it did at the Expo, so I started researching the best jewelry cleaners. I thought why do I need to buy a jar, there has to be a way to make it with regular materials we have in our pantry.

My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

Kitchen Items You Will Need

My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Step One

Gather the bowls, the Dawn dish soap, the toothbrush, the warm water, as well as the jewelry cloths.

Grab the two bowls

Step Two

One bowl is for washing your jewelry, and one is for rinsing your jewelry after soaking it. Both bowls will have warm water. Put a few drops of Dawn dish soap in one of the bowls, stir gently.

My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

Step Three

Place your jewelry in the soapy bowl. Soak for 15-25 minutes. You may need a small soft toothbrush to remove excess dirt if the jewelry is particularly dirty. Please go with the grain and rub softly so as not to scratch the ring or gemstone. 

My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

Step Four

Now place your jewelry in the rinsing bowl.

Rinse the rings

Step Five

Use a lint-free cloth to blot dry and polish with the same soft jewelry cloth, or use a fresh lint-free cloth to polish the rings.

Pat the rings dry

How do I clean white gold jewelry?

This recipe is what the jewelry stores recommend! Yay! We can make it!

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How do I clean stainless steel jewelry?

Yep, this recipe works great for stainless steel jewelry too.

Do the dollar stores sell jewelry cleaners?

The answer is yes, and they sell many other types of cleaners as well. But we all know, sometimes they are out of a product we need, and hopefully the next visit they may have it.

Is denture cleaner safe for cleaning jewelry?

As a matter of fact, a denture tablet’s effervescent nature does clean jewelry. If added to a cup of warm water it will make your jewelry sparkle.

How long does jewelry cleaner last?

Here’s the deal with jewelry cleaner, it will depend on how often it is used, but typically it will stay good for about 18 months.

Does jewelry cleaner go bad?

Yes indeed, they can go bad. Even cleaning products for our homes will degrade over time. This is why it’s so nice that we can make our own so much cheaper and in smaller quantities.

How much does it cost to have your jewelry cleaned?

If you have really fine jewelry, I would take it to the place where you purchased it, just to be safe. The cost will depend on the time it took to clean the item as well as the equipment the store used. Plan a minimum of $25.00 to $50.00 per cleaning.

What cleans tarnished jewelry?

Combine two tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water to make a paste. Then ever so gently rub the mixture onto the jewelry. Set the jewelry aside until it’s completely dry in order to remove the tarnish. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth or jewelry cloth.

Can I wash the jewelry cloths?

I wouldn’t recommend washing these because they may shred. They are cut using pinking shear scissors and therefore would likely shred in the washer. You could certainly try it out and see what happens.

Where can I buy jewelry cleaner?

If you want to just buy jewelry cleaner, you can buy it online or at your local jewelry stores. Commercial Jewelry Cleaner

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

5 from 1 vote
My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe
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My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 2-3 drops Dawn liquid dishwashing soap
  • 2 cups warm water (not hot), one cup in each bowl.
Instructions
  1. Grab two small bowls, one for washing your jewelry, and one for rinsing your jewelry after soaking it. Place your jewelry in the soapy bowl. Soak for 15-25 minutes. You may need a small soft toothbrush to remove excess dirt if needed. Please go with the grain and rub softly so as not to scratch the ring or gemstone. Now place your jewelry in the rinsing bowl. Use a lint-free cloth to blot dry and polish with the same soft jewelry cloth.

Are there other recipes out there?

Yes, there are, please make sure the jewelry you have is compatible with the cleaning agents.

  • Combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup warm water, then add 1/2 teaspoon of ammonia based household cleaner. Soak, rinse, and pat dry.
  • Reader’s Digest suggests, “mixing 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda,” it will fizz, rinse and pat dry after soaking.
  • Another recipe I found online: 1 tablespoon table salt, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon Castile soap, 1 cup water. Stir, soap, rinse and pat dry.

Can you use toothpaste to clean your jewelry?

No, you really shouldn’t, it’s an old wives tale, so to speak. Toothpaste is abrasive and can damage your diamonds, gemstones, gold, and silver jewelry. People have learned that using a hard bristle toothbrush on their teeth can take the enamel off, causing lots of problems. The same may be true of your jewelry.

Does vinegar harm or damage gold jewelry?

Real Gold is a stable metal and will not react with oxygen corroding. Because it is stable, it won’t change colors when exposed to any household vinegar. Fake gold will change colors, so be aware of that.

Does rubbing alcohol damage jewelry?

Some jewelry made from plastic or acrylic should not be cleaned with rubbing alcohol because it will damage it by cracking and discoloring it.

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Final Word

Today, I wrote this post so I could share my homemade jewelry cleaner recipe with you. It’s all about being self-reliant at home and not having to depend on others to “get the job” done. May God Bless this world, Linda

9 thoughts on “My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

  • October 14, 2021 at 7:15 am
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    5 stars
    Linda, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry either. Just my gold wedding band, and my earrings. The earrings have small diamonds in them. Next time I clean them, I’ll try your jewelry Cleaner. Occasionally, I’ll wear my fake pearl necklace. I’d love to have a set of Opal earrings and a necklace. (My birthstone)

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    • October 14, 2021 at 1:27 pm
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      Hi Deborah, thanks for the 5-star! We are so much alike!! My birthstone is Garnet, that would be fun to have a necklace, ring, or earrings in Garnet! Oh, I just Googled “Opal” oh my gosh, that is beautiful! I have a fake pearl necklace too! Life is so good! Linda

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    • October 14, 2021 at 5:48 pm
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      Oh Deborah, me too, I’ve always wanted a really nice opal–I suppose I’d better get a move on… Preferably a fire opal! I’m not sure, but I think opals may need special cleaning. No idea where I came upon that. (Happy birthday–must be right around now–I just had mine!)

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      • October 15, 2021 at 6:52 am
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        Rhonda, I had mine the 4th. Turned 70. Life is good.

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  • October 14, 2021 at 9:02 am
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    This is perfect timing! I have a sterling silver bracelet that needs cleaning. And I’m also going to clean my wedding ring and anniversary band. Thanks so much! You always have great information

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    • October 14, 2021 at 1:33 pm
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      Hi Steff, thank you for your kind words. I love sharing my ideas as much as I can. But, I also learn a lot from my readers. Have a great weekend! Linda

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  • October 14, 2021 at 5:49 pm
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    About that denture cleaner… It works a treat on horses’ bits, too! Amazing stuff.

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    • October 14, 2021 at 9:35 pm
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      Hi Rhonda, yay, you raise horses, right? You would know for sure! Thanks for the tips! Linda

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