Cleaning Rings with Windex EVERY day?!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Newbee

I asked my husband this so I could give you the right info and here is his answer. He’s a scientist with a lot of experience with electrochemistry, metals and electroplating metals….which is how your ring stays shiny (the rhodium plating on the rings).

“It could, but it depends on what the gold is alloyed with to make it 14k. Usually 14k is half gold and the other half is a mix of silver, copper, or platinum.

The silver in 14k gold will get etched over time and look dark. Ammonia will also slowly break down the rhodium coating, but the silver under it is the key.”

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Windex doesn’t sound like it would be safe to use on a ring.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The owner’s daughter at the jewelry shop I got my ring at keeps a bottle of it at work and uses it all the time. She told me that she dumps it in her ultrasonic cleaner. I think that if she uses windex that much then it should be fine? Just rinse your ring with water whenever you do it… 

Maybe go to the jewelry store and ask about cleaner… I know mine gives me a special tub of it for free whenever I ask. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

HGP:  it’ll probably speed up the removal of the rhodium plating and mean replating it more often but if you’re happy to get ot done more that’s your call. Mine’s 9ct white gold and mine stays pretty shiny just from keeping it on when I shower and wash up (again not necessarily great for it but I’m not going to start taking it on and off as I’d probably lose it). How long have you had it?  There’s no way I’d be able to keep cleaning it everyday forever and maybe the novelty will wear off 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

HGP:  I love Windex for my ring!  I just spritz a couple of times with the ring on my finger and rinse it off.  Windex is totally safe for diamonds and platinum, but I wouldn’t use it on gemstones or white gold.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I use windex a few times a week to clean my diamond/platinum ring. I usually put a few squirts into a shot glass with hot water and a few drops of dish washing liquid and let the ring soak for 15 minutes, then use a baby toothbrush to clean the diamond. Perfectly sparkly every time!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Not sure about windex.  I would buy jewelry cleaner to be safe.  And if you REALLY want it to sparkle get an ultrasonic cleaner.  They are awesome.  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

HGP:  I use Windex on my ring- but about once a week, not daily.  

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

HGP:  I have been cleaning my ring with a toothbrush and 50/50 solution of ammonia+water with a drop of dawn liquid since for almost 2 years now and it’s just as shiny as the day I got it.  I used to clean it on a daily basis, but I’ve kinda calmed down a bit now, lol.  It is 14k white gold.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I use windex too but, not daily. Maybe once a week, a quick spray and scrub with the soft toothbrush, then rinse with warm water.

My ring is white gold. However, I’m having it reset in platinum so I’m not too concerned about the coating though.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I know that jewelry stores use Windex to get off rings that get stuck on fingers. So, technically, it is safe occasionally. But, I don’t think it’s good to use it every day.

But, at the end of the day, it’s your ring. Do what you want. If you have a warranty that includes free rhodium dipping twice a year, scrub your rings to your heart’s content. 🙂

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

why not just buy a $6 bottle of actual jewellery cleaner and use it once a week?

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