I had thought about making my own jewelry cleaner for quite some time, but I continually put it off. If you are one who relies on store-bought jewelry cleaner it may come as surprise that you can effectively clean your jewelry with ingredients around your own home! I don’t know how I had gotten so brainwashed, but I previously held the belief that certain things NEEDED chemicals to work properly. But I also often thought that there must be something else I could use, if only for the fact that cheap jewelry would likely be eroded by chemicals.
It’s actually super simple to clean your jewelry naturally. All you need is baking soda and vinegar to clean. The recipe I used also included tin foil, salt and essential oils. I didn’t even realize some of the stuff I cleaned was dirty!! Another cool thing to note is that you can use witch hazel in place of vinegar if you want a gentler clean, so I plan to use it for my cheaper jewelry that I have attachments to and would rather clean than chuck out. (I have this kitty charm bracelet my late mother gave me when I was young, and I never want to throw it away no matter how tarnished it gets!)
Here are the two recipes I looked at: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-jewelry-cleaner/ and http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Jewelry-Cleaner-30499088.
I personally didn’t bother with adding dish detergent and it worked just fine. I thought it was cool that witch hazel can be used, I did not know it was acidic, though I could have guessed that now that I know. (I realized it feels similar to ACV on my face) I did not try the witch hazel yet, but with spring coming up I plan to do all these little things I have been putting off.