So, today, I was admiring my wedding ring, and I notice it was looking pretty grimy. I thought about going and getting some jewelry cleaner, but when I looked at the ingredients in most jewelry cleaners, they were NOT good! For instance, a very common ingredient in jewelry cleaners is ammonium hydroxide. This ingredient alone can cause some pretty terrible consequences to your health when you’re exposed to it. Some of these include the following.
- The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) classifies ammonium hydroxide as extremely hazardous when it comes in contact with the skin. Considering that jewelry comes in direct contact with skin, I don’t think it’s a great idea to use something classified as extremely hazardous to the skin on it.
- Ammonium hydroxide can produce tissue damage on mucous membranes. When exposed to this chemical, our bodies can store it, and it can build up in our organs wreaking havoc on our health.
- Chronic high levels of exposure can damage blood vessels and cause harm at the cellular level.
- Inhaling ammonium hydroxide vapors can cause respiratory irritation.
Yuck! No thanks! And that’s just one ingredient. A couple other common ingredients in jewelry cleaners that can be harmful are sodium metasilicate and butoxyethanol. Both of these have many dangerous qualities that can damage your health.
Well, the good news is that you don’t need to use these jewelry cleaners, because I have a fabulous recipe that works wonders for jewelry. I made it tonight and my ring is sparkly, shiny, and beautiful!!!
Okay, for real, here is a pic after I cleaned the ring, you can see how great it looks!
So, back to my story. After noticing that my ring was looking grimy and looking up ingredients in normal jewelry cleaners, I decided it would be a better idea to make my own – enter Pinterest!!! There were a lot of recipes for homemade jewelry cleaner. Most of which had the ingredients baking soda, dishsoap, and salt, like the following pin.
I decided to use the baking soda, but came up with a recipe of my own that actually doesn’t use the salt or the dish soap. I got the idea for the other ingredients from my Non-Toxic glass cleaner recipe. I remembered that when trying to find the perfect recipe for glass cleaner, cornstarch really gave my mirrors an amazing shine and clarity. I settled on the following ingredients: baking soda, cornstarch, water, and vinegar. I was really pleased with the result!
HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC JEWELRY CLEANER
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
- 1-2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
1.) Place your water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
2.) Remove from heat and add the baking soda, cornstarch, and vinegar. It will get all fizzy and stuff – super fun, I felt like a kid in chemistry class! Stir until the cornstarch and baking soda are dissolved.
3.) Place your jewelry in the pan and let it soak for 10 minutes.
4.) Remove your jewelry from the pan, and use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub the jewelry.
5.) Rinse the jewelry in water and place on a dishtowel to dry.
That’s it! You’re all done, your jewelry is shining like new, and you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals in order to have sparkly jewelry! Enjoy! 🙂