Natural and Thrifty in 365: #49 Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

It’s frustrating when you are getting ready for your night out on the town, and find that your favorite necklace is way too tarnished. If only you had some jewelry cleaner right? Well more than likely you have the ingredients on hand that you need in order to make your own homemade jewelry cleaner.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner


  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice


  1. Mix together baking soda and lemon to make a paste. It will fizz a little and then settle down.
  2. Buff your tarnished jewelry with the paste using a cloth.
  3. Rinse and dry your jewelry.

You can use this to polish all that tarnished silver sitting in your cabinet, too. Note: Do not leave jewelry and silver sitting for more than 20 minutes in the paste, as the lemon is acidic. This paste is meant to be buffed on and then wiped off. You can also use water instead of lemon, if you are in a crunch and don’t have lemon on hand. However, the effects will not be as good.

Now that was easy and green!

Natural & Thrifty in 365 is a year-long series of 365 tips for living more green, natural and healthy while saving money. Do you have a natural and thrifty tip that you would like to share with The Thrifty Mama readers? Contact me here and let me know about it. You just might get featured as one of the 365 tips!

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  1. A couple weeks ago I needed to clean my wedding ring and could only think to use vinegar. I soaked it in a small container of vinegar and used a toothbrush and was amazed at how clean it got. I just hate vinegar smell so will be trying this recipe next. Thank you!

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