Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

This morning for breakfast I had an English Muffin smeared with just the right amount of peanut butter. As I was licking the peanut butter off of my wedding ring (guilty) it reminded me that my jewelry hadn’t been cleaned in awhile.

I’ve been making my own jewelry cleaner for quite some time now and thought I’d share it with you. I originally found the recipe online at recipezaar.com and have been using it since. Here’s what you do:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil
  1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
  3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish detergent into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
  4. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.”.
    Instead of the aluminum foil, I rescued one of those old basket thingies that go into commercial jewelry cleaners. I also use a small brush to get into the crevices. Whatever method you use, this stuff works great and you can feel good about licking peanut butter off of your jewelry if the situation ever presents itself. Just sayin. 🙂

  

 

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I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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