I found this ‘recipe’ recently for a DIY jewellery cleaner. The ingredients sounded interesting (water, dish soap, salt, baking soda and aluminum foil) and I had high hopes. I was expecting the ingredients to loosen the dirt and debris and the aluminum foil to have some sort of electromagnetic charge which would pull all the crud off of my jewellery. While my diamonds were definitely sparklier after the process, I wasn’t overly impressed. I still had to take an old toothbrush to my rings and earrings to give them a thorough cleaning. In the future, I will stick to my standard cleaning method which is giving my jewellery a scrubbing with some dish soap and a toothbrush. Regardless, here is how it works if anyone is interested! The ingredients list simple and inexpensive:
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp dish soap
- 1 piece aluminum foil
Microwave the water for 1-2 minutes (I went with a minute and a half).
Line the bottom of a bowl with a piece of aluminum foil.
Add all the ingredients to your bowl. The aluminum foil will probably float to the top after you add the water in but will sink back down with the weight of the other ingredients.
Give the ingredients a swish around and add your jewellery. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse your jewellery in cold water and dry with a soft cloth.