It started to look like we had an awful lot of jewelry that needed cleaning, and glasses; real glasses, cheap reading glasses and cheap sunglasses. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners seem to be so cheap online (and get such good buyer reviews) that it was worth the $25 or so just to find out if they really worked.
They do. The directions, which apparently are translated literally from the original Chinese, are useless, but unintentionally hilarious. That’s OK, though, because the machine only has an On and an Off button. All the directions need to say is put the item in the tub, cover with water, add a drop of dishwashing detergent and press the On button. After three minutes, it shuts itself off and your item of jewelry or smeary reading glasses are now incredibly clean. Just rinse them off and be amazed. Really. Your jewelry will look like it did when you first saw it in the jeweler’s case. You will know this for sure because your eyeglass lenses will be clearer than they’ve been in years. You might think it can’t be that simple, but it is. Water, dishwashing detergent, push the button, and three minutes later you’re done. Your small items will be so clean you’ll want to clean everything you can fit into it, so go ahead: try it. Clean your razor, your electric toothbrush heads (one at a time, please), pretty much anything the absurdly-translated Chinese directions suggest — drop it in there, and it will be cleaner than when you first acquired it. We’re nowhere near tired of it yet, so we’ve moved it onto the bathroom counter to be closer to the little things we will inevitably decide to drop into it, and as a bonus, the blue light of the machine makes a nifty nightlight for the bathroom counter, too. For $30 or less, it makes a great gift — these little cleaners have been out for years, so their novelty may have worn off, but their utility definitely has not. Like you, your friends are unlikely to have bought one for themselves until they’ve exhausted their mental gadget list, but we work hard to have beautiful things; $30 is a minor investment for a lifetime of maintenance. And the Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner is great companion for that sparkly bauble you’re hoping to receive (*ahem*) as a gift this year . . .
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