An Effective All Natural Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

We use homemade jewelry cleaner because commercial cleaners are expensive and full of chemicals. Trial and error have proven this solution most effective.

Though I love to browse Etsy and Pinterest and admire all the artsy jewelry, I don’t actually consider myself to be a big jewelry person.

Wearing Jewelry All the Time

I rarely wear anything more than my wedding rings, a pair of stud earrings, and a simple necklace. I also sleep and shower in all of my jewelry. That may surprise you, but if you lost things as often as me you’d understand. I’ve lost too many of my little treasures over the years, and do not want my wedding rings to be added to that list.

Cleaning My Jewelry Often

The problem I have with wearing all of the same jewelry all the time is that it doesn’t take long for my pieces to lose their sparkle.

The rings have it the worst. I garden, make biscuits, clean out the chicken coop, change diapers, and do all sorts of other stuff with my hands. My rings catch a lot of grime from all of that activity, so they require regular cleaning.

Since commercial cleaners can be expensive and are full of strong chemicals, I prefer to work with a natural, homemade jewelry cleaner. I’ve been using different methods for several years now, and this is what I’ve found to be most effective.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

Swirl, Soak, Scrub

  1. Put the jewelry in a glass mason jar.
  2. Cover with a ½ cup of vinegar or witch hazel. Add one drop of tea tree oil and swirl to mix.
  3. Allow jewelry to soak in the mixture overnight.
  4. The next morning, coat with baking soda and scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse with water.

Notes

This cleaning method is intended for jewelry with sturdy stone settings.

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Results of This Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

The first evidence you’re going to have that this homemade jewelry cleaner worked will be all the stuff floating around in your vinegar/tea tree oil liquid. The last time I put my jewelry in this mixture I didn’t think it was too dirty, and it didn’t exactly need cleaning. Within just a few minutes, though, there was so much stuff floating around in the water that I was appalled.

Your jewelry will be noticeably cleaner after just the soak. It will even be disinfected, too. Adding the baking soda scrub at the end will ensure that you get everything clean, especially in all the little crevices. If your kitchen faucet has a high-pressure setting, that will be the best thing to use for rinsing your jewelry. Just make sure you hold on tight, because searching for lost objects in the sink trap or garbage disposal is one of the least pleasant tasks in the world. Take my word for it. Consider using a strainer.

Personally, I love the feeling of wearing newly-cleaned, sparkly jewelry. If you find that you keep gazing at your rings and getting kind of lost in the sparkle, you’ll know that you’ve done a good job of cleaning them. And you’ll enjoy that look until the next time you make biscuits, put on lotion, or make your kids play-dough.

Good thing this is such a simple recipe, you’ll probably be using it often!

Explanation of Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Ingredients

I’ve used both witch hazel and vinegar for cleaning my jewelry.

Witch hazel is slightly acidic, and vinegar much more so, but either will work for soaking your jewelry. This cleaning method is intended for jewelry with sturdy stone settings (I wouldn’t use it for opals, pearls, or tanzanite, for example), and that is especially important to keep in mind if you’re using vinegar. Witch hazel is certainly the milder of the two, so use whichever ingredient you feel comfortable with.

Tea tree oil is a known disinfectant and anti-fungal. It isn’t completely necessary to add to your jewelry cleaner, but as I said above, my jewelry can get pretty gross. A small drop of tea-tree oil adds a real antiseptic boost to this homemade jewelry cleaner, so I’m happy to add it. Like I said – I’ve cleaned the chicken coop wearing my wedding rings. I’ll take all of the natural antiseptic power I can get. (For more information and other uses for tea tree oil, read this.)

Baking soda is a slightly abrasive, inexpensive scrubbing tool. Unlike the ingredients listed above, it’s basic rather than acidic. Baking soda is especially good for tarnished silver, but should never be used on aluminum. I find it works wonders on my diamond rings.

Have you ever made homemade jewelry cleaner? How did it work for you?

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Comments

  1. I use the method Cindy mentions for cleaning sterling silver. Works great. For gold jewelry, I use toothpaste & an old, soft toothbrush. Takes no time & makes my engagement ring sparkle. Of course, absolutely not for pearls, opals & other soft stones.

  2. So since I’m on a budget I can omit the tea tree oil? Would you recommend anything that coukd be used in its place or woukd this still work fine

    • I think it would be fine to leave out the tea tree oil. It adds some extra cleaning power, but you’ll be able to get the grime off with just vinegar or witch hazel.

  3. I have a great jewelry polish that is super simple. Take a small piece of aluminum foil, about 1″ square, and put it in the bottom of a coffee cup. Add about a T of baking soda. Pour boiling water over it and dunk your jewelry. You can drop it in and swirl it around, or you can just dunk it a few times and it cleans any tarnish off in seconds. I like to put a twist tie or string on the jewelry and then just dunk it. When I pull it out, sometimes there are some little dark spots. I just rub them out with my finger. This works well on tarnished silver dishes or tableware as well.

    • So you just add the foil baking soda then hot water to ur cup and it cleans up the jewelry you dont need anything else wow

    • Be careful with this technique. It can take off all the blackening that give Sterling silver it’s definition. I’ve done it and it’s hard to replace this blackening yourself and expensive otherwise. With out the blackening my silver earrings and flat ware are flat in appearance. Is great for gold.

  4. Perfect timing! I have an old ultrasonic cleaner that just doesn’t cut it and was looking for something to try. Thanks!

  5. I’m curious about cleaning gold and silver together, and whether a slightly different formula is needed with one or the other. Commercial products separate between the two.
    Thanks!

  6. Sounds like a win win to me! Clean and sparkley, and disinfected too! Will try this tonight. Thanks!

  7. Also what works well for diamond rings is to hold the ring WITH TONGS under the steamer on the milk frother on your espresso machine.

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