How to Make Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell
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If you’re an empty nester, I’m thinking you’ve got some bling! Whether it’s a cherished family heirloom or a precious wedding set, if you’re like me, you want to keep it clean and sparkling! Today, I”m sharing my recipe for homemade jewelry cleaner.

There are lots of fancy solutions and ultrasonic machines on the market that you can use to clean your jewelry. There are even high-powered steamers that you can buy. But if you’re looking for a simple DIY solution, I’ve got you!

First of all, let me say that this recipe for homemade jewelry cleaner is not original to me! Various versions have been floating around the interwebs for a few years. Still, I’ve got my own recipe, and I thought it was worth sharing. It’s a great DIY hack!

Before Using My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

wedding ring set before being cleaned with homemade jewelry cleaner

I love my wedding ring, but it gets filthy! Lotions, potions, and the like get stuck in all the cracks and crevices. I took the photo above after using a particularly gooey hand cream made with beeswax. (A brand sent it to me, and it’s goopy and not especially effective, so I won’t be sharing it with you here!) Sometimes, when I’m in a rush, I forget I have my rings on and lather up with lotion. What a mess!

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

In one version of this cleaner, you use ammonia-based Windex (or even straight ammonia!). I don’t use that chemical-based cleaner in my home, so I wanted to see if I could make this homemade jewelry cleaner with a less toxic ingredient.

I recommend that you only use this recipe on gold, white gold, or platinum jewelry.


1/2 cup hot water in a small glass bowl
10 squirts plant-based Method Glass Cleaner
3 drops plant-based Method dish soap
Old toothbrush


Heat water in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add 10 squirts of Method Glass Cleaner and 3 drops of Method dish soap. Stir with an old toothbrush and drop jewelry in to soak. Let soak for 5 to 30 minutes. Remove jewelry and scrub grime out of crevices with an old toothbrush. Close the sink drain and rinse. Dry with a paper towel.

After Using My Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

wedding ring set after being cleaned with homemade jewelry cleaner

Enjoy the sparkle!

Another Alternative

If this seems like too much work to you, or you want an on-the-go, non-toxic jewelry cleaning solution for travel, to keep in your purse, or whatever. I suggest THIS Bling Brush! It also makes a great gift for a newly-engaged young lady!

Suzy Mighell

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