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Simple 6-Step DIY Jewelry Cleaner

If you are interested in making your own jewelry, you’ll also like it to be clean! Here’s my homemade budget-friendly DIY jewelry cleaner! It’s super simple and easy to make at home.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner

With all the daily chores and other messy things in our lives, we find that our wedding bands and other jewelry can get pretty funky. I used to take my band every few months or so to a jeweler to get cleaned, but life got busier and now we have other priorities.

This DIY is budget-friendly and made with items that you likely already have at home.


  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. dish soap
  • 1 cup water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small bowl

Step 1.

Heat your water in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. While it’s heating up, cut your foil to fit roughly into the bottom of your bowl.

Step 2.

Pour the hot water into your bowl.

Step 3.

Add 1 tablespoon of each ingredient into the bowl, and stir with a wooden spoon, chopstick or any other tool you have on hand.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner - Mixture

Step 4.

Before you proceed with step four, make sure to read about how to clean oxidized, antique and brass-plated jewelry. You also want to be careful with real pearls, opals and any other soft gemstones. Read about what is safe to clean here.

Now, drop in your rings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings and let them soak away. Typically 5-10 minutes should be enough time to loosen the dirt.

Step 5.

If you have a wedding band with lots of settings, or a necklace that has big chains, use a soft toothbrush to get in between the openings. Don’t use too much pressure, the bristle could scratch your stones if used on the softer gems.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner - Add jewelry to mixture DIY Jewelry Cleaner - Clean rings with a toothbrush

Step 6.

Once you have cleaned the jewelry piece, you can rinse it with cold water and tap dry it with a soft cloth.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner - Ring after cleaning DIY Jewelry Cleaner - Clean ring and necklace after cleaning

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I have done it both ways – cleaned it with homemade cleaners as well as rinse it with chemical cleaners. I guess, not all kind of jewelry can be cleaned with DIY method. After all, chemicals cleaners have their advantage many times. The only trouble is to filter something that’s not hard on your jewels.

Sndee Lucas

I have been looking for a safe way to clean my Squash Blossom necklace given to me by my late Mother. I am so afraid of ruining it. Was told chemical cleaners were not good for it. Will this work for my necklace?


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