DIY Jewelry Cleaning on the Cheap
What on earth, you may ask, does this have to do with cleaning your jewelry on the cheap? Due to my addiction I have an abundance of empty glass cinnamon containers with metal screw top lids that I couldn't bare to part with- I've been stockpiling them, hoping I could come up with a use for them! That day has come!! A few weeks ago my aunt casually mentioned that she needed something to store the glitter she uses for the craft projects she does with her granddaughter in- a lightbulb went off and I offered to bring her some of my used cinnamon jars! Use number one in the bag! It felt good to find a new use for those bottles I'd been squirreling away.
For years now I have been using Simple Green to clean my jewelry. It was recommended to me by the daughter of a jeweler who had been using it for years with confidence on her incredibly expensive wedding ring. I figured if she trusted her ring, which costs nine times (I did the math!!!) what mine did to this store bought solution, then I too, could trust it. Four and half years later I'm still using it without consequence! Normally I use a little glass beaker, immerse my jewelry and then wait half an hour before rinsing everything off. Well that lovely little beaker fell off of my bathroom shelves and wouldn't you know it- it cracked beyond use! So there I was with a filthy ring (being a hairstylist by trade I get lots of build up on and under my rings!) and no receptacle to put it in! Lightbulb moment number two!! Those spice jars were going to come in handy once again!!!
Here's what you do!
If you have two of these jars hanging around then use two but honestly one works just fine too!!
I have two different plastic snap on lids with different sized holes. The larger holes I use with my rings, but my earrings will fall right through them so I use the smaller holes for when I clean my earrings.
Here they are, ready to go!!
After you have let your jewelry sit, run the bottle under water, with the plastic snap lid still in place! This ensures that you can rinse your jewelry without fear of it going down the drain.
If my jewelry is extra dirty, ie: hair products or hand lotion stuck under the rings (the under gallery, as I understand)- then I put some Simple Green in the lid and use my jewelry brushes (obtained from a local jeweler) to get in the nooks and crannies of my pieces. A great alternative to these brushes can be found in the grocery store. Brush picks- used for teeth are a perfect replacement.
And that my friends is a cheap and easy way to clean your jewelry!!
** for those that like my glass bottles and want to know what brand they are: Wild Harvest Organic- all their spice bottles look like the ones featured above. I get them at Albertsons.