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Homemade Jewelry Cleaner
There are a number of commercially available jewelry cleaners, but you can easily make your own homemade jewelry cleaner if you prefer.
If you want to know exactly what ingredients are in the cleaning products you use, the best way is to make your own cleaning solutions.
We recommend you mix this solution in a glass container -- a small bowl or jar with a lid, so you can save it for future use. The ammonia will be non-reactive with glass.
We also recommend that you wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- 1 cup water
- 1/8 cup (or less) ammonia
- few drops dishwashing liquid
First, pour about a cup of water into your glass container, then slowly pour in 1/8 cup or less of plain household ammonia, and add a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Swish to mix.
|Be sure you put the water into the container first, and carefully pour the ammonia into the water instead of the other way around. |
Otherwise, if you pour water into the ammonia, you might splash ammonia into your eyes, or onto your clothes or skin, and the resulting chemical reaction can cause burns.
Also, be sure to open the bottle of ammonia away from your face and nose to avoid burns from the chemical vapors.
Once you've mixed your homemade jewelry cleaner solution, drop your rings or other jewelry into the container and let them soak for a few minutes. Unless they're unusually dirty, five minutes should be long enough to soak diamond jewelry.
If you have a pair of long-handled tweezers (you can buy these at a crafts store), use them to remove your jewelry from the solution, or if you're wearing rubber gloves, just reach in and get them.
Important: Pearls and other delicate or porous stones, such as opals, and organic jewelry such as amber, coral, and ivory should NOT be cleaned in an ammonia solution or an ultrasonic cleaner. Doing so will damage them.
There ARE easier ways to clean your diamonds, including using commercially available cleaning solutions, and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners. Then you don't have to worry about using and storing ammonia.
If you're interested in ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, which are less expensive versions of the ones used by jewelers, here are three for you to consider:
Or, if you're not interested in investing in a jewelry cleaner machine, you can simply buy a small jar of commercial jewelry cleaning solution to use at home.
It should be available in most jewelry stores, and in stores like Wal-Mart or Walgreen's.
For the ultimate in convenience, click the photo on the left to buy from Amazon.com and have it delivered directly to your doorstep.
Either way, you'll want to keep your diamond clean so it will continue to sparkle like new.
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