So you know by now that I do love to find cheaper ways of doing things! And today is no exception. I was looking at a ring that I love, which I thought I ruined with a jewellery cleaning hack I found online. Of course, there had to be a better way. So I set out to make inexpensive jewellery cleaner from items I already had.
How many of you have ever looked down at your rings and wondered how they got so dirty? Think about what your hands touch every day, and then think about the residue it’s leaving on your jewellery. Even soap, while cleaning your skin, can leave a build-up. But, how many of you have ever wondered just what the heck is in commercial jewellery cleaners? I sure have, considering the smell, and the warnings on the labels.
You guys, this recipe is so simple, it will take no time at all to mix up a batch, and then you keep it in your bathroom cupboard until it’s time to make a fresh batch. You only need 5 ingredients. Yes please! Trust me, you’ll never buy store-bought jewellery cleaner again.
What You’ll Need
As I said, the ingredient list is short! Here’s what I used:
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Non-abrasive Natural Household Cleaner
- Liquid Dish Soap
- White vinegar
- Distilled Water
Yup, that’s it! I mix it up in a cute little Ball 4-Ounce Jars, give it a good shake, throw my rings in for about 30-45 minutes (unless I forget they’re in there), give them a quick scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush and I’m back in the bling! No kidding, that’s it! I can put my rings in the cleaner when I get into the shower, and by the time I’m ready, so is my jewellery!
Here’s a quick before and after shot of my rings:
As a total aside, I have to tell you how much I love and cherish my wedding rings. My husband designed the engagement ring himself, and then we designed the wedding band together. And do you see the Hidden Mickey?? I think it’s true love!
Anyway, the good news here is that the band in the back of the photo is silver, not white gold, so you can see that this mixture doesn’t tarnish silver. Trust me, I’ve nearly ruined this ring by using commercial jewellery cleaners and having it come out absolutely black.
Plus, it’s good for earrings. You know how earrings can get – yeah, gross. I’m not one to take my earrings out every night before bed, I wear them in the shower, basically everything you shouldn’t do with studs. They’re just so finicky and honestly, I don’t really think about it very often. I threw my earrings in for about 45 minutes, and just as good as new!
Here is the recipe that I used:
Mix everything in a 4 oz (1/2 cup) container and shake well. Place your jewellery in the jar and let it soak for 30-45 minutes. Remove and lightly scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse in warm water.
So there you have it – so easy and simple! Seriously, you guys. Don’t ever buy chemicals to take care of your jewellery again! I use the Ball 4-Ounce Jars. They are a perfect size! Mix up a batch and you’ll have some cute little gifts to give your friends, sisters, mothers, whoever! Attach a Soft Bristle Kids Bamboo Toothbrush and tie it with a ribbon. Such a cute little gift! Not to mention a great product at a craft fair.
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