You may have already picked up this little fact about me, but in case you haven’t, know this… I am a HUGE Pinterest addict! I have lost many hours scrolling through hundreds of pins about makeup (duh), home décor, delicious dishes, and DIY projects. However, like many other Pinterest Addicts, I find myself feeling a lot like Sweet Brown saying, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”…
It wasn’t until I saw this pin for a DIY jewelry cleaner from Centsible Chicks blog http://centsiblechicks.com/, that I felt there was a project that I could actually achieve. Now, I don’t know how many times I have been duped into buying the expensive and chemical filled jewelry cleaner from the jewelry store (Thanks a lot Tiffany & Co.), but that is no more since I discovered this gem of a technique for cleaning your precious jewels using products that are already in your kitchen.
Here’s what you’ll need…
A small bowl
An old toothbrush
A soft towel
1 TBS – Baking soda
1 TBS – Salt
1 TBS – Dish soap
1 Cup – Water
Step 1: Cover the bottom of your bowl with aluminum foil
Step 2: Place all of your jewelry in the bowl in contact with the foil
Step 3: Add baking soda, salt, and dish soap to the bowl over the jewelry
Step 4: Heat water in the microwave for 2 minutes
Step 5: Pour hot water into the bowl and watch the magic happen!
I allowed the jewelry to sit in this cocktail for about 5 minutes, then using the back of the toothbrush I pulled each piece out to scrub away any loose dirt from the smaller nooks and crannies. After scrubbing, I placed each piece back in the warm water for another minute to soak. Pour out the water (which will be noticeably filthy at this point) and rinse your jewelry under cold water. Dry each piece with your towel, microfiber is best if you have it, but a hand towel will work just fine. Voila! Your jewelry will be as good as new!
As you can see in the photos, I cleaned a variety of different stones and metals and they all were restored to their original store bought condition. I just love the simplicity of this DIY project and especially love that it takes pennies to make and gets rid of the harsh chemicals typically used in store bought varieties. With as many brides as we work with here at Dollface, it would be a shame not to share this discovery with all of you. I hope that you all have as much as fun as I did whipping up this brew and bringing the sparkle back to your bling!
Melissa C. (Baltimore/Annapolis, D.C.)