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I was shopping for jewelry cleaner one day and a lady saw me and said "don't waste your money on that cleaner". She told me to use ammonia straight out of the bottle. (This costs $1.00 at the Dollar Store and lasts for years). I was amazed when I tried it.
I put ammonia and jewelry in a coffee cup for very short time, rinse, and rub with towel or soft cloth. I also use a toothbrush to get in the crevices. The shine is unbelievable. I haven't bought jewelry cleaner in years.
By Pmcbee from Jesup, GA
<ul><li>3 cups ammonia
<li>1 cup water
<li>3 drops any dish soap
<P>Soak jewelry for a few minutes then rinse well with water.
<P>Warning: Do Not Use with Pearls or costume jewelry.
<P>By imaqt1962 from Illinois
Editor's Note: If you want a smaller batch, cut the recipe down to 1 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup water, 1 drop dish soap.
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Here are questions related to Homemade Jewelry Cleaner.
Is there a way to make homemade jewelry cleaner?
By Bambi from Landisville, PA
I've never bought jewelry cleaner. I don't own a lot of costume jewelry, just a few pieces of 14 carrot gold and sterling silver earrings and necklaces. I clean them with toothpaste and a toothbrush or mild liquid detergent.
I have a silver necklace that I got from my husband the morning after our wedding. As a result of the use of perfume, body lotions, etc. the necklace now looks dirty. I'd love to let it shine again, but I want to avoid chemicals, as I always try to do when I am cleaning anything .
Can anyone share tips on a home made remedy for jewelery cleaning? Very much appreciated.
By Maviga from Co. Wicklow, Ireland
By Jennifer 07/26/2010
Use white toothpaste to clean your silver jewelry. Use Catsup to clean copper.
I am looking for a safe, homemade cleaner for cleaning diamond jewelry.
By Darlene from Castaic, CA
By Judith Ardis10/26/2009
My mother-in-law taught me to soak my diamond rings in ammonia, clean with a soft brush (an old, soft toothbrush would do), then rinse in alcohol to bring up the shine.
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After noticing my store bought jewelry cleaner smelled mostly like ammonia, I refilled the empty jar with half sudsy ammonia and half water and used that to clean my jewelry instead. Works as well as (if not better than) the store bought stuff.
By trouble's mother
Opals can lose their color if they come in contact with hot water. Make sure to remove opal rings when you are bathing or doing dishes.
Treat both of these with great care. (05/28/2005)
Pearls, coral, amber and jet are organic gemstones, made by living things. Opal thinks it's organic, so be gentle to all these groups. Baby shampoo diluted is fine, but you do want to wash off make-up and sweat that can weaken stringing threads and have them glow. DO NOT PAY for washing your pearls when you have them restrung. Do it yourself. A soft facial brush will do. Photograph your pearls on a table before you go, and write a number beside each one to confirm the count. It's nickels and dimes that made eBay what it is today.
Otherwise, I find the best jewelry cleaner are the effervescent denture tablets, especially the "5-minute" kind. They are individually wrapped and work in any glass or small plastic cup or bowl. For traveling or getting dressed at the last minute, they can't be beat. Plop, plop. Fizz, fizz. Oooops, that's for heartburn. hahaha (08/28/2005)
By the Oracle
How do I make jewelry cleaner?
By Dreeanna from NY
* Never use ammonia, or anything harsh on opals! (11/01/2009)
By Tamika Anny