The easiest and ultimate jewelry cleaner

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If you've got some jewelry that has been sitting around for a while, collecting dust, dirt and grime, you will want to take a look at this DIY idea for cleaning jewelry. And the best part about this natural cleaning solution is that you won't have to go out and buy an expensive ultrasonic jewelry cleaner because it will barely cost you a thing. This DIY idea was used on some older jewelry, and some people will say that pearls and opals are never to be put in water, and sterling silver will likely tarnish if this technique is used. So you probably want to keep from doing this natural cleaning solution on expensive jewelry. To start, you will want to find a large jar that has a lid. Then add some warm water and a few drops of some liquid dish soap and a cloth. Then drop in one or two pieces of jewelry, and rock the jar back and forth allowing the jewelry to agitate with the wash cloth. For the full DIY idea and natural cleaning solution using liquid dish soap, you will want to take a look at the Hometalk site. The following are some more DIY ideas and natural cleaning solutions for cleaning jewelry.

1. To clean your jewelry, line a small bowl with some aluminum foil. Then fill the bowl with some hot water and mix in some powdered laundry detergent, such as Tide. Then put the jewelry in the natural cleaning solution and let it soak for about one minute. Rinse well and let the jewelry air-dry. This DIY idea and procedure make use of the chemical process known as ion exchange, which can also be used to clean your tarnished silverware.

2. To remove built-up tarnish from your silver jewelry, make a thick cleaning paste with about 1/4 cup of natural baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply the paste with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and then buff dry. The baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive. To polish gold jewelry, cover the jewelry with a light coating of natural baking soda, then pour a bit of white vinegar over it, and rinse clean.

3. Soak your rubies, diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds in some club soda to give them a bright sheen. Simply place the precious stones in a glass full of club soda and let them soak overnight.

4. Make your silverware, your pure silver bracelets, silver rings, and other silver jewelry, shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of about 1/2 cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of natural baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under some cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

5. If you are in a hurry and you need your jewelry cleaned, try using a few drops of vodka to clean your jewelry that has crystalline gemstones, this also works for any king of glass. You can also use vodka to wipe away any grime on your eyeglasses or dunk your diamond ring into vodka for a few minutes to get it sparkling again. But don't try this natural cleaning solution and DIY idea with contact lenses. Also, you want to avoid getting any alcohol on any gemstone that's not a crystal. Only emeralds, diamonds, and the like will benefit from a vodka bath. You will find this natural cleaning solution for cleaning jewelry on the Hometalk site. These natural cleaning solutions will save you time and money. On the site, you will find all sorts of DIY ideas, natural cleaning solutions and so much more. **

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