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Allie's Homemade Jewelry Cleaner


"My sterling jewelry was tarnished. A polishing cloth didn't clean it. So I tried this recipe. Wow! Amazing, inexpensive... Does a great job! You'll be wowed too! Works on other metals and is safe for stone jewelry too. Don't reuse the cleaner; make a new batch each time."
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11 m servings 0 cals
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 cup of cleaner)

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  1. Pour water into a microwave-safe mug or bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Line the bottom of a cereal bowl with aluminum foil. Pour hot water into the bowl. Add salt, baking soda, and dish detergent; do not stir. Place jewelry on top of foil. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry well with a soft cloth.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The jewelry cleaner works on gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, mother of pearl, turquoise, onyx, and amber. The patina that is desired in the grooves of vintage jewelry stays intact.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 0 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 10508 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Where has this been all my life? I have a large collection of sterling jewelry and have been buying those little jars of sterling cleaner for years. You know, the kind you unscrew the lid and dr...