How to Clean Jewelry
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How to Clean Jewelry

July 6, 2020 | By Jordan Peterson

You most likely own a special piece of jewelry that holds some sentimental value to you. Perhaps it’s your diamond engagement ring, the silver bracelet that your parents gifted to you for your college graduation, or even the classic gold necklace that has been passed down for decades.

While this piece sparkled and dazzled when you first received it, it might now be dull and it's probably due for a cleaning. Over time, natural body oils, dirt, lotion, and hard water deposits can rub onto your accessories, which can dull their beautiful shine. Luckily, there are many ways to maintain your fine jewelry so that they can last for many years to come.

Woman wearing earrings

How to Clean Jewelry

Making a habit to clean your diamond ring at least once a week (if worn daily) will discourage the buildup of grime and oils on the band. Diamond experts recommend that you take your engagement ring to a jeweler about twice a year to get it professionally serviced. In between visits, however, you can use this chemical solution for regular upkeep. Not only is it gentle on cheap fashion jewelry but it is perfectly safe for finer, high-end pieces as well. This cleaner is also non-toxic and biodegradable, so you don’t need to worry about the residue harming your skin or the environment! 

How to Sanitize Jewelry

Your rings, watches, and bracelets are constantly being touched by dirty hands. It’s probable that your accessories are crawling with bacteria. Eek! It can be tiresome to disinfect your jewelry after every wear, but it’s made simple with a PhoneSoap. This UV-C light sanitizer will kill 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Not only will the PhoneSoap safely sanitize your jewelry but it will also disinfect your other belongings such as phones, credit cards, headphones, eyeglasses, watches, and much more.

PhoneSoap sanitizing jewelry, watches, earphones, and more

Pro Tip: Place the PhoneSoap by your front entryway or by the garage door. When you return from work or running around town, you can immediately take off your jewelry, smartwatch, and other essentials. Place them in the PhoneSoap individually, or upgrade to our larger unit, the HomeSoap, to fit most of your belongings at the same time. To prevent the germs from spreading to your home from public places, sanitize your items immediately upon coming home and then wash your hands.

PhoneSoap can clean your wedding bands and rings

Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Jewelry?

Absolutely! Fill a small bowl with hydrogen peroxide, just enough to fully cover the piece you wish to clean. The solution will kill all the bacteria that may be on the surface! Leave the jewelry in the peroxide for about 15–20 minutes. Remove the ring or other item and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. This will remove any of the dirt that hides in between gems and engravings. Rinse the jewelry with cold water, and gently dry with a clean towel.

Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Jewelry?

Yes! To clean your jewelry using isopropyl rubbing alcohol, just fill a small bowl with it, just enough to fully cover the piece you wish you clean. Leave the jewelry to soak in the bowl for just a few minutes. Alcohol dries completely clear on metal surfaces so there is no need to even rinse it off with water. Rubbing alcohol is a great choice for sterilizing all accessories — especially earrings. If you ever share earrings with a friend or even just purchase them from a store, it’s recommended that you soak them in alcohol before using them. Doing so will help you avoid any painful and unsightly infections!  

Can You Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Jewelry?

You guessed it! Yes, this dynamic duo is perfect for cleaning anything from washing machines to microwaves, and that includes jewelry as well! Mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse the jewelry under cold water and dry with a soft cloth. This solution will kill nasty bacteria and make your jewelry shine!

Can I Soak My Diamond Ring Overnight?

It’s best not to. Your diamond ring is strong enough to withstand periods submerged in mild cleaners. Anything more than a few hours could actually damage the stone or loosen the mount. If you end up cleaning your ring at night, remember to remove it from the solution before you go to bed. Rinse it off, wrap it in a soft towel, and it will be all dry before the next morning!  

Can I clean my diamond ring with toothpaste?

Can You Clean Diamonds with Toothpaste?

Most professional jewelers recommend that you do not clean your diamonds with toothpaste. Toothpaste contains microbeads that are designed to scrub away at the plaque and food on your teeth. These abrasive “exfoliants” can scratch the surface of your diamonds, which degrades their quality and resale value. Don’t clean your jewelry with toothpaste if you want your gems to dazzle for years!

Can I Use Windex to Clean a Diamond Ring?

If your jewelry is looking dull and lackluster, a simple rubdown of Windex should do the trick! If your rings, necklaces, and bracelets are still looking faded even after a deep cleaning, spray a small amount of Windex on your jewelry. Scrub with an old toothbrush to loosen any dirt and grime.

Remember that one time you wore your wedding ring to weed the flower beds? Yup, this will loosen all of that hidden dirt. Rinse the cleaner off with warm water and wipe off with a soft cloth. Thoroughly dry the jewelry pieces so that there won’t be any remaining water spots. Be mindful of which gems you spray Windex on, however, because it can damage certain stones. Do not spray the harsh cleaner on gems like emeralds, coral, opals, pearls, amber, or turquoise as they are all porous stones.    

Cleaning jewelry like diamond rings is easy and simple

What Do Professional Jewelers Use to Clean Jewelry?

As stated above, diamond experts recommend that you take your engagement ring to a jeweler about twice a year to get it professionally cleaned. Professional jewelers will use ultrasonic cleaners with high-frequency sound waves and chemicals to clean jewelry. They will use spurts of steam to clear away any of the released grime and dirt. The experts will also be able to recognize and treat any issues like chemical damage or stone-loosening. If your diamond is loose, it could potentially fall out without you even noticing. Jewelers can easily fix these problems to prevent future heartbreak.

While it may seem tedious to clean your favorite jewelry once a week, it will definitely be worth it and they can continue to be your favorite pieces because you took care of them for years. Instead of constantly having grimy and cloudy jewelry, your regular maintenance will keep your diamonds and stones shiny and clean!

Do you have any go-to jewelry that you almost never take off? Tell us in the comments below!


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