How do you make a natural jewelry cleaner?


Quick Answer

To make a natural jewelry cleaner, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar or witch hazel and one drop of tea tree oil in a glass jar. Place the jewelry in the jar, and soak it overnight.

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In the morning, scrub the jewelry with baking soda and an old toothbrush. If you have a faucet with a high-pressure setting, use it to rinse all the debris and baking soda from every crevice. If not, rinse under the running water, and scrub the debris away with the toothbrush. Be sure to guard the drain in case the jewelry falls.

Witch hazel and white vinegar are both slightly acidic, although witch hazel is more mild. This acidity is what strips any impurities or dirt from high-quality jewelry and sturdy stones. It is not intended for opals or tanzanite as they require the most gentle cleaning agents. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and a natural disinfectant. If you tend to put on lotion without removing rings or wear your jewelry when you wash dishes or are wet, chances are good that there may be some fungal growth in the crevices. Baking soda balances the pH of vinegar or witch hazel and is a mildly abrasive cleaner that is great at cleaning most tarnished metals.

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