I wanted to say that I commend you for volunteering to work in New
Orleans, and wanted to say Thank You, from all of us who would like
to go, but cannot.
That said, I have had great success in cleaning the filthiest of
pearls by simply soaking them in Efferdent. That's right, denture
cleaner. Two tablets in a glass of water, and they come out sparkling
clean. You can buy any generic brand, just don't buy one with a
breath freshener, like Listerine. If the pearls are strung, be sure
to lay them out on a towel to dry. You don't want the cord to shrink.
If they are deeply stained, there's not much you can do, except
maybe dye them to hide the blemishes.
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