Monday, May 5, 2008

Science experiment or jewelry cleaner?

Jewelry designer Gina Nigrelli shared a secret for cleaning tarnished jewelry in a recent issue of Lucky magazine, using only hot water, tin foil and baking soda.

I had to test it out, and it just so happened I just picked up an excellent gold necklace from Value Village that was in need of cleaning.

Nigrelli, designer of the Jules Smith line, said her grandmother shared the tip with her. Line a glass casserole dish with tin foil. Place the jewelry on top of the foil and sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Cover with boiling water and let it all soak for 10 minutes.

I lost track of time watching the soda bubble and fizz.

The result? A clean necklace, fabulously free of harsh chemicals.

What kind of secret cleaning recipes do you use?