Wearing a keepsake diamond ring every day means keeping your precious piece of jewelry sparkling clean so that it always looks its best. Luckily, jewelry cleaning is easy to do at home with the right materials and approach. It's simple to make your own jewelry cleaning solution out of household cleaning materials that are likely in your pantry right now.
Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
Make your own diamond ring cleaner to avoid exposing your jewelry to harsh detergents or surfactants. It's best to clean your diamond jewelry in a mild jewelry cleaning solution to avoid disturbing the setting or causing any reaction that might discolor the metal. Try a simple solution of one-part mild dishwashing detergent to six parts warm water. Combine both elements in a bowl, and gently stir the water until the soap dissolves and forms tiny bubbles.
Set Up Your Work Space
Make sure that you have a safe working space, such as a countertop or a table. Avoid working next to a sink or near any gaps between furniture and a wall. Set out a sheet of newspaper to catch any water, a bowl to hold your jewelry cleaning solution, and a bowl for rinsing. Set aside a soft-bristled toothbrush, a small bottle of distilled water, a hair dryer, and a microfiber cloth.
Soak Your Ring
While the ring cleaner solution is still warm, pour it into one of the empty bowls, deep enough to submerge the ring fully. Place your ring in the bowl of water and dish soap. Let it sit undisturbed for at least 15 minutes.
For debris that's set-in or stubborn, such as makeup or hairspray, soak your ring for 20 to 60 minutes. This allows the detergent time to work its way into any debris present on the ring. While gentle, the detergent and water solution penetrates most debris as long as you give it enough time to work.
Loosen and Rinse Away Any Debris
While the ring is still submerged in the homemade cleaning solution, use the soft-bristled toothbrush to loosen any visible debris on the ring. Work gently, especially around tiny jewel fixtures that tend to be delicate.
Remove the ring from the bowl, and pour distilled water over it carefully. This dislodges any debris or detergent residue that might be left over from the cleaning process.
Dry Your Ring
Allow most of the water to drip away after you're done rinsing, but avoid air-drying your ring, which may leave water spots. Instead, use your microfiber cloth to remove any excess moisture. Rub the cloth in gentle, circular motions until the ring is completely dry.
For tiny nooks and crannies that you can't reach with a microfiber cloth, place your ring on a secure jewelry stand or ring dish. Turn your hair dryer on the no-heat setting. Allow the neutral temperature air flow to dry up any remaining water.
Make Cleaning a Routine
Now your ring is clean and ready to store or wear. Pencil ring cleanings into your regular schedule so that you remember to do it on a constant basis. Your ring is sure to stay in better condition with cleaner-looking metal and brighter diamonds as long as you maintain it properly. Additionally, regular cleanings mean that you're giving the ring less time to accumulate stubborn debris between each cleaning, making the process easier and faster overall.