Your fiance worked hard to get that gorgeous rock for you, so don’t you want to keep it clean? I sure do!
Now sure, the fancy jewelers will do the cleaning for you for free if you purchased it there, but our jeweler shop is off of one of the busiest roads around, and takes sometimes thirty minutes just to get to (and my fiance HATES traffic)
So, I began doing some research, and testing out my own recipes to find the most perfect ring cleaning guide that is totally safe for your rings!
Just a tip: I would still periodically take your ring to the jewelers! While they are cleaning it, they will also check to make sure your precious diamonds aren’t coming loose or anything like that!
This is a guide that allows you to use common household products, that you probably already have in your cabinets! So let’s get started!
Step 1: Collect Your Materials
You Will Need:
– Dish Soap
– Rubbing Alcohol
– A Clean Toothbrush
– Some Hot Water
– 2 cups
Step 2: Fill One Cup Hot Water
I first fill the jar with hot water. It does not have to be filled all the way to the top, just as long as it would be enough to cover the jewelry you are cleaning. In this case, we are cleaning small rings, so this will not require too much water.
You want ot use hot water because it is going to help loosen any of the dirt that is on your ring.
Step 3: Add The Dish Soap
Next, you want to add in the dish soap. I have always used Dawn dish soap and been happy with the results I have seen. Dawn is a gentle cleanser, that is still tough enough to clean any grime left on your ring.
Some people use some sort of cleaning detergent as well here, instead of the dish soap. The agents in the detergent will help to remove dirt quicker. But again, I have always been happy with the results I get from the dish soap!
I don’t really measure out any of these ingredients, as I just add in the soap until the color of the water begins to change.
Step 4: Drop in the Ring
After giving the soap and water mixture a little stir to combine the two, the next thing you want to do is just drop in the ring!
Leave the ring in the soap mixture for 10-30 minutes. I like to leave it in for the full 30 minutes, as I feel my ring is completely soaking, and any dirt that could have been on it is now loose and ready to be brushed away. However if you are in a hurry, then 10 minutes should be long enough.
Step 5: Scrub Away Any Dirt
Using the toothbrush, now is when you want to really scrub away any dirt off of your ring. Be very gentle here as there is no need to bare down on your precious ring! This is why the ring is soaked in the soap and water, to loosen any filth so that hard scrubbing is not necessary.
You will want to scrub over the top, and all side of the ring. Don’t forget to go over the band as well, to make sure no residue is left here as well.
Step 6: Rinse Off Any Leftover Soap
You can have another little bowl of clean water by your side to dip your ring in to in order to rinse it, but I just run it under the faucet. JUST MAKE SURE to stop up the drain first! The last thing you want to do is accidentally drop your ring down the drain!
Once you have fully rinsed it off, you can dry it will a paper towel to make sure you got any visible dirt or grime off your ring!
Step 7: Alcohol Soak
While this last step is totally optional, it is one that I find necessary, and do it every time!
The Alcohol will ensure that no watermarks are on your ring as it dries! Which is what makes is vital in my book.
Just fill the second cup with a little bit of Rubbing Alcohol. Again, it doesn’t have to be too much, just enough to cover the ring. Then you just drop in the ring!
Allow your ring to soak in the Alcohol bath for 1-2 minutes. This soak will also sanitize your ring! There is no need to rinse off the Alcohol or dry it with a paper towel. Just set it aside and allow it to air dry.
After about 5-10 minutes, your ring should be super dry and oh-so sparkly!
I hope this helps you in your ring cleaning endeavors! I do this about once a week to keep my ring clean and sparkly! And then about once every three months I take it to the Jewelers to have them clean and inspect it!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions! Also let me know if this tutorial got your rings as sparkly as mine!
As always I hope you have a beautiful day! And stay tuned for more wedding related DIYs and tutorials!