How to Make Your Own Jewelry Cleaner

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I love wearing jewelry, but I don’t like how it loses its shine after a while. Some of the reasons it gets dull include exposure to oils on your skin or simply by exposure to the air or water. Perfume, hair spray or exposure to cleaning products can do the same thing.

How to make your own jewelry cleaner

How to Make Your Own Jewelry Cleaner

While costume jewelry is less expensive than the more costly items with real gems and diamonds, I still want it to last as long as possible. There are a few simple steps you can take to make your costume jewelry look better for longer. Prevention goes a lot way toward making your jewelry last as long as possible.

  • If you’re near water whether that’s at the beach, showering or washing dishes, remove your jewelry and set it aside, so it doesn’t get wet. The same holds true for when you’re cleaning with chemicals.
  • Apply lotion, perfume and hair spray before you put your jewelry on. If you put your jewelry on first, it will attract dirt that will adhere to the surface.
  • Store your jewelry in a plastic baggie out of direct sunlight in a jewelry box when you aren’t wearing it.

Be careful when you clean your costume jewelry. It’s not made to last as long as more expensive pieces so the quality won’t be as good.  When cleaning costume jewelry, a very small amount of water and a soft microfiber cloth is the best way to clean it. You should never submerge costume jewelry in water or expose it to vinegar or baking soda.

If your expensive jewelry is already dull and needs to be clean, you can learn how to make your own jewelry cleaner by following these simple instructions.

You will need:

  • Bowl
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp dish detergent
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Foil
  • Soft chamois cloth

Line the bowl with the foil and then add the salt, baking soda and dish detergent. Carefully add the hot water and wait for the sizzling to die down a bit. Place your jewelry in the cleaning solution and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the cleaner and rinse under cool water. Pat dry with the soft cloth.

I’ve used this cleaner with my gold and diamonds several times with great results.  Please do NOT use this for costume jewelry as the cleaner may loosen the glue.

How to make your own jewelry cleaner

Comments

  1. This sounds like a great cleaning “hack”! I know jewelry cleaner can sometimes be expensive, too. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Thanks for this easy to make jewelry cleaner. Just be careful with opals. They need a little bit of oil now and again or they will crack. Water is not good for them. 

  3. Seriously, who would know it would be so simple to make your own jewelry cleaner?? Thanks so much for the info, I will have to do this.

  4. I make my own cleaners all the time. I need to make this for my jewelry. Great idea!

  5. I didn’t know it was so easy.  I always bought the cleaners from the store. Seems like such a waste now.  Super recipe to pin. 

  6. john hutchens says

    thanks for sharing the jewelry cleaner. This will come in handy to clean jewelry.

  7. I have a few old jars of jewelry cleaner but didn’t want to get rid of them but I’ll reconsider since it’s so easy to make. I’m careful to not get sprays on my jewelry but it’s hard not to get your hand lotion on them and of course skin oils. Great homemade cleaning recipe.