I have used my grandmother's formula for jewelry cleaner for decades..you really only need three ingredients...hot water, baking soda and foil. Not sure why the salt was added as baking soda has salt... For the ladies that said it turned their jewelry "black" is because you left it in too long...I use an old pie pan with the soda sprinkled in it...add the hot water and then imerse the jewelry or silverware (works great on that) in. Don't leave too long...just until it brightens. Remove and RINSE. Rub with a soft cloth to bring out the shine. Warning...DO NOT DO THIS TO OPALS AS THE HOT WATER WILL CRACK THEM.
It made my gold tooth shine like new.
I use this to clean silverware. Try it to clean your silver. It works great....joyce
This recipe is very bad advice and seems to be circulating quite a bit on Facebook. Mainly from people who do not work with or make jewelry. Using dishsoap with pearls or any soft or organic gemstone will result in disaster. While some jewelry makers may do a one time rinse with Ivory dishsoap to remove excess dye on dyed pearls this is ONE time only process and the solution is very weak. Subjecting certain gemstones to excess salt and the ingredients in dishsoap will remove the nacre from pearls and destroy other gemstones. The information being credited as coming from Wire-Sculpture.com is most likely from a novice poster as a response to one of their daily tips. This is the real tip from W-S "Daily Wire Tip: Cleaning with Baking Soda<br/>Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 6:19 pm Comments (20) Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip<br/><br/>Question:<br/><br/>Dale, I think you mentioned the baking soda cleaning method as a gentle cleaning some time ago. Is this the method where you line a bowl with foil, add about a cup of warm water, 1 TBSP. Baking Soda and a little salt?<br/><br/>Answer:<br/><br/>Yes. Personally I have never added salt to the mixture, because baking soda already contains sodium, but this is the procedure I have used with success on simple silver pieces or a coil of wire: line a glass baking dish with aluminum foil; place your sterling silver wire coil or jewelry pieces on the foil and cover it with a thin sprinkling of baking soda; add boiling hot water to cover the wire or jewelry; use a wooden chopstick or other non-metal utensil to gently stir the items around a bit so they all have contact with the aluminum foil at one time or another. When satisfied, remove the items and rinse thoroughly under tepid running water, and pat items dry. <br/><br/>For more stubborn tarnish you can also assist the cleaning process by using a soft toothbrush during the rinse process.<br/><br/>Please be aware of not using this method to clean pieces that contain pearls, soft stones that have not been polished professionally like turquoise, and never add ivory, opals, or any precious stone that may have enhancements or treatments such as wax or oils that are often used on sapphires, rubies, and emeralds!<br/><br/>On those pieces, I just use an ionic cleaner such as the Speed Brite, which can be used safely on everything except ivory.<br/><br/>Answer contributed by Dale ?Cougar? Armstrong"<br/><br/>Note the mention of a glass baking dish and using a wooden chopstick or other non-metal utinsel.<br/><br/>Please act responsibly and dont repost or circulate bad information such as the original recipe posted here on Food.com
BE CAREFUL! This chemical reaction can damage some stones, such as turquoise. Otherwise, it's fine. You may want to check with a reputable jeweler before using on your good stuff.
Some people just can't follow instructions! This cleaner works fantastic, without any trouble what-so-ever. Your jewelry MUST sit on the foil or it will turn your jewelry black.
DEFINITELY want to be careful with this, you can permanently ruin your jewelry if you leave it in too long. You want to start with the weakest solution first, and work your way up: 1. Try using a polishing cloth. This should remove tarnish. You can use a fingernail to apply force, but this may not be enough for something with a lot of "nooks" 2. Use warm water and a delicate soap. This will remove most buildup, and no risk of ruining your favorite ring! 3. A homemade mix of 1/3 ammonia and 2/3 water. Brush lightly with a toothbrush. Don't use a hammer for something that may need a chisel!
I was so hopeful considering the rave reviews this recipe has gotten but I am sorry to say it has not worked for me on the occassions I have tried it. Worse, it has left a sticky film that I needed to use commercial jewelry cleaner to remove. I'm not saying that it doesn't work - it obviously does for some, just not for me and I since I am following the instructions exactly, I can't imagine what I am doing wrong. I have only tried my wedding and engagement rings and they are both white gold, with diamonds and aquamarine stones so maybe that could be it? No idea at this point.
I'm throwing away my jewelry cleaner machine!!!! This is the ONLY way to clean jewelry. My only question, is should you really put your watches in the solution??? I have a Bulova watch and I don't know if it's waterproof, but I'm concerned about putting it in the solution.
Dish detergent not necessary. I used it on a braceet with amethysts and very intricate beads, only left in about a minute as I was concerned about the amethysts--magic!