Necklaces, rings and bracelets all need to be cleaned at some point. Here are some simple inexpensive ways to make your solutions.
How to Make Homemade Silver Jewelry Cleaner:
1. Only use this on plain silver. Don’t use it on silver with gems unless you are sure it will work on yours. Some gems cannot handle this solution, so this is mainly for silver only.
2. Place some foil on the bottom of an enamel or glass pan. Put your silver jewelry pieces on the bottom of the foil. Fill the pan with warm to hot water until the jewelry is completely covered.
3. Take some baking soda and use your fingers to sprinkle baking soda over it. You need to use about, 4 teaspoons. Move the foil from side to side, so the water and baking soda will integrate (mix) together.
4. Let the silver jewelry soak for about 7 -10 minutes.
5. Have a bowl set aside with enough soapy water in it to cover your jewelry. Again use an enamel or glass bowl and make sure you are using a mild soap such as ivory dish-washing soap.
6. Remove your jewelry from the baking soda water and place it in the soapy water. Carefully wash each piece with your fingers or a very soft cloth. You can buy silver cleaning clothes as well or you can also use a silky piece of material.
7. Now rinse your jewelry well with warm water and shine them with a dry soft cloth. Make sure your cloth is not abrasive. You can use a 100% cotton cloth that is smooth or a silky piece of cloth.
How to Make Homemade Diamond Jewelry Cleaner:
1. Mix 1/2 to 3/4 cups of ammonia (you can buy at a local dollar store) and the same amount of dish-washing liquid (such as Ivory or Palmolive). Pour it into a glass or glass jar. Make sure it is big enough that you can reach your fingers down into the solution.
2. Now pour about 1 1/2 cups of warm water into the glass or jar. Take your finger (you might want to wear rubber gloves if you are sensitive) and mix the solution.
3. Never add any other ingredients to this solution as the ammonia mixed with other household cleaners (such as bleach) can be dangerous.
4. Put the jewelry into the glass or jar. You can put in several pieces. Allow them to soak for about 10 minutes. Take out the jewelry and use a soft brush (maybe a baby tooth brush or jewelry brush) and lightly scrub the stones front and back. Pay special attention to creases where dirt and grime built up.
5. Rinse each piece well. Lay the pieces out and shine each one with a silky or smooth cotton cloth.