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What are some homemade solutions for cleaning jewelry?

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Homemade solutions for cleaning jewelry include a hot water and baking soda bath, an ammonia and warm water soak, a denture cleaner, an effervescent antacid and water solution, and a simple mix of liquid soap and water. Different types of jewelry require more delicate or robust cleaning to protect their finishes while removing grime or tarnish, so apply your solutions with care, and test the mix on an unobtrusive area of the jewelry before immersing a piece.

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Tarnished silver regains its shine in a bowl lined with aluminum foil and filled with a quart of hot water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Once the tarnish migrates from the silver to the foil, you can rinse, dry and buff the jewelry to a gleam. Diamonds and other crystals, such as rubies and emeralds, sparkle again after a bubbly soak in an effervescent cleaner or antacid or in a mix of 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of ammonia. Don't use this solution on porous jewelry such as pearls, as it dims their lustre. Put pearls in an old pantyhose leg in a sinkful of warm water with a drop of baby shampoo, and massage them lightly.

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