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How do you make an ultrasonic cleaning solution?

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Make a homemade ultrasonic cleaning solution by combining water, dishwashing detergent and ammonia together inside an ultrasonic cleaning machine. This type of cleaning solution is best used on hard stones without cracks. Creating the solution takes just a couple of minutes.

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  1. Inspect the jewelry

    Look at the stones in the jewelry to ensure there are no cracks. Additionally, check to make sure the jewelry contains only hard stones such as diamonds, rubies or sapphires.

  2. Add water to the machine

    Place 2 cups of water in the ultrasonic cleaning machine.

  3. Add ammonia to the water

    Pour 1 teaspoon of ammonia into the water.

  4. Add dish washing soap

    Measure out 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap, and pour it into the water and ammonia mixture. Read the ingredients on the dishwashing soap bottle to ensure it doesn't contain bleach or sodium sulfate, as these ingredients can dull diamonds.

  5. Run the machine

    Turn on the ultrasonic machine, and allow it to run for at least 10 minutes. This causes the strong ammonia smell to dissipate.

  6. Stir the mixture

    Stir the mixture with a clean wooden spoon before you place your jewelry in the cleaner. Do this gently to avoid creating a lot of soap suds in the water.

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