The Best DIY Jewelry Cleaner

I forgot to take my rings off when I was cleaning bath toys the other day, and the bleach oxidized the metal and they were pretty much immediately tarnished! I had some other jewelry laying around that was tarnished as well, so I figured it was the perfect time to clean them. I did a little research on the best DIY jewelry cleaner that you could make yourself, rather than having to buy something, and this recipe worked great! If you have tarnished jewelry that needs a good cleaning, try making this homemade jewelry cleaner; you probably already have all the ingredients you need, and it only takes about 20 minutes!

The best DIY jewelry cleaner using ingredients you already have in your home

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The Best DIY Jewelry Cleaner

  • 5 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 15 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 20 minutes (total project time)

Tools

  • bowl
  • aluminum foil
  • scissors
  • paper towels or a soft cloth

Materials

  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp dish soap
  • water

The best DIY jewelry cleaner using ingredients you already have in your home

Instructions

I made a video to show you just how easy it is to make this DIY jewelry cleaner!

Or if you’d prefer written instructions, here you go!

I got so excited to make the video that I forgot to take a photo of my jewelry before I cleaned it…oops! But I grabbed a still from the video so you can kinda see how tarnished and grey the jewelry was.

The best DIY jewelry cleaner using ingredients you already have in your home

Start by cutting a small piece of aluminum foil to fit into the bottom of your bowl. Place the foil inside the bowl and then pour 1 cup of hot water into the bowl.

Add the baking soda, salt, and dish soap, and stir.

Drop your jewelry into the bowl so that it sits on top of the foil, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Then, rinse the jewelry in cool water, dry it, and buff with a paper towel or soft cloth until shiny. And you’re done!

The best DIY jewelry cleaner using ingredients you already have in your home

The best DIY jewelry cleaner using ingredients you already have in your home

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Lexi says

    1 year ago

    Hi there! I would love to use this method but i’m concerned about my jewelry that has turquoise or opal. Do you know if this recipe is safe for gemstones?

    Thank you!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 months ago

      I’ve used it on my turquoise jewelry without any issue. None of the ingredients are harsh abrasives so it should be fine.

  2. barbara says

    2 years ago

    will this harm semi-precious stones?

  3. Karhy says

    3 years ago

    Can I save this mixture to use another time

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      3 years ago

      You might be able to, but it’s pretty simple to make so I just make a new (small) batch every time.

  4. Stephanie says

    4 years ago

    What is the point of the foil? Does it react with the jewelry or something?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      3 years ago

      The foil “captures” the tarnish from silver jewelry! The baking soda helps to lift the tarnish off the silver jewelry, and then it “sticks” to the aluminum foil so that it doesn’t swish around in the water and end up right back on another piece of jewelry. 🙂

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