95% of my (large) accessory collection is costume jewelry made of different metals. And these necklaces smell. Bad. Like feet. Like so bad that I can't wear some of them any more because it grosses me out (plus I imagine that if I can smell it, people around me must be stifling gags).
Right now I'm wearing a necklace of metal chains with acrylic crystals (similar to this)
, and this is the second time I've worn it and it already smells. I bought a sunshine cloth to try and get rid of the stench, and though I blackened half of the thing, the smell is still there.
I know how to clean my gold & silver, it's the cheapo metals that baffle me. I've tried plain soap & hot water & it didn't even make a dent. I've seen that toothpaste is good and toothpaste is bad; ammonia is good and ammonia is bad, so I don't want to try those unless someone can assure me they won't destroy my stuff.
Do you think the baking soda/salt/aluminum foil method
described in previous jewelry-cleaning questions would get rid of stank?
A possible complication is that most of these pieces have more than just metal attached--acrylic charms, pieces of ribbon & fabric, glass, plastic, etc. (no precious or semi-precious stones, though)
Other facts that may help: I live in a year-round-humid area, and this problem has gotten worse & worse each year that I've been here. I sweat a lot, naturally and due to medication (could the meds affect the chemical content of my sweat in a way that makes the jewelry smell)? No metal allergies. The jewelry lived in various small containers and on wall hooks, though I'm now transitioning to a large felt-lined jewelry armoire. A sonic cleaner is not in my budget, so I'm looking for stuff that's at the drugstore or easily thrown together at home.
Sorry, that's a lot, but I love love love these necklaces and it stinks not to be able to wear them! Thanks for your help!