Jewelry cleaners can be expensive, messy and often toxic. Sometimes, you have to purchase different cleaner for different jewelry items when they are made with different metals. Avoid that by using white distilled vinegar and cider vinegar as cleaner instead. Both vinegars are natural and inexpensive. But never use vinegar with pearls, as the pearls will dissolve.
Cleaning Gold Jewelry
Pour cider vinegar in a shallow glass container. Place gold jewelry in the vinegar so that it is covered completely. Don't overlap any different pieces or parts of chains. Let the jewelry sit in the vinegar for 15 minutes. Remove the jewelry and wipe clean with a soft, clean cloth. The gold should be completely clean.
Cleaning Silver Jewelry
Although silver can be cleaned very easily with a bath of baking soda and water with a piece of aluminum, if you don't have aluminum on hand, you can use white distilled vinegar. Mix 2 tbsp. baking soda in 3.4 fluid oz. or almost 1/2 cup (100 ml) of vinegar. Soak silver items in the mixture for two to three hours. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry the items with a soft, clean cloth.
Cleaning Pewter, Copper and Other Metals
Dissolve 2 tsp. of salt in a cup of white distilled vinegar. Place a few tablespoons of flour (any kind) into a shallow container. Add some of the vinegar mixture to the flour until it forms a paste. Spread a thick layer of the paste on the metal that needs to be cleaned. Let stand for 15 minutes. Scrub clean with a soft, clean cloth.