Having your ring cleaned professionally is best, but this “cleaning recipe” works great when you want to clean a diamond ring at home! Use at your own risk.
This May will mark my 17th wedding anniversary–which considering I feel not a day past 30 seems downright impossible. Matt and I met in college when I was 18. The fact that we’ve been married for nearly as long as the age we met is absurd! Who is pressing that fast forward button on life? For our 10th wedding anniversary, Matt took me to the top of a mountain, read a precious poem, and proposed to me all over again. It had been an incredibly rough year for us–a year where I felt like giving him back the original rings. He wanted to give me a symbol of our “fresh start” and the opportunity to replace my original wedding rings with this new one, but I couldn’t part with the rings I had worn during our first decade of life together. My old rings stayed put, and I placed this new ring on my right hand. Left hand and right hand, he owns my whole being and my whole heart!
It’s romantic, yes? The only problem with this story is that I am a do-it-yourselfer who rarely wears gloves and often forgets to take off her rings. I knead dough, roll cookies, spray paint accessories, stain tables, prime walls, spray adhesive, cut wood, dig in the dirt, put on lotion, hot glue crafts, put on makeup, and sand tabletops all while wearing this ring. And you know what? It shows!
Um…this is embarrassing to share with you but it needs to be done. Do you see all of that dirty grime blocking the light from my diamond?! So gross. Not to mention the germs that must be harboring in there. I also have two furry pomeranians and apparently their fur gets caught in the prongs of my ring. It’s not at all noticeable with the naked eye, and I didn’t notice the fur until I was loading my pictures. Home cleaning did not get rid of the dog hair unfortunately. I will need to use tweezers to remove the fur.
Here’s one more shot of the “before”. By the way, trying to take decent pictures of a ring is really difficult! Hats off to all the wedding photogs out there.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring at Home
There are many DIY ring cleaning recipes on the internet, but most jewelry experts will agree that you should not use anything other than mild dish detergent and warm water on your jewelry. When you DIY anything, you take the risk of messing things up. Common recipes call for toothpaste, baking soda, vinegar, ammonia, etc. and can potentially damage your ring’s setting. Your diamond isn’t going to be damaged by most DIY recipes, but your setting is a different story. Use DIY recipes at your own risk!
This is what I have found works best for my rings.
- 4 ounces mineral water warmed in the microwave (not boiling)
- 4 drops lemon oil
- Dawn dish soap (to be added later after several minutes)
- Clean and fresh (not old) toothbrush or small flat paintbrush
Step 1: Pour mineral water into a microwave safe dish and heat your mineral water in the microwave (without your rings!!) until warm. This will increase the carbonation and bubbles and will help to clean your rings gently.
Step 2: Mix in a few drops of lemon essential oil. I’ve used expensive lemon e.o. and inexpensive e.o. with similar results. I use lemon essential oil in cleaning all the time. It is AMAZING at getting super-glue, paint, grease, etc. off of your skin. I knew it would work wonders in getting the goo off of my rings. Allow your rings to soak in this mixture for a few minutes. I wouldn’t go crazy and leave them in the mixture for long. It works quickly.
Step 3: Add Dawn dish soap to your mixture and scrub your rings with a soft clean toothbrush or clean flat paint brush. The soap will kill the carbonation but will help eliminate any remaining residue.
Step 4: Close your sink drain and rinse your rings in warm water. Pat dry with clean towel and admire how sparkly they are!
My ring is so sparkly! I tried to capture the sparkle with my camera but couldn’t quite get it.
Here is one more before and after for you below. Amazing! So ladies, try and do yourself a favor and remove your rings when you’re going to be getting messy. And if you forget, well then pin this recipe for later! 🙂
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