(Closed) Is using windex really safe to use on rings?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t think that it’s safe. It just smells too strong to be safe in my mind.

 

I use this stuff called the purple jewelry cleaner. It’s pretty good, i just dip an old soft toothbrush into the cleaner and then gently brush my ring once a week. It looks brand new each time! One bottle is like $20, but I’ve had mine for like 2 years and I can tell it will probably last another 5 years. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I use windex on my ring ALL the time (our jeweler suggested it; said its the same thing as jewelry cleaner) and its never hurt it! looks brand new!  I just spray some on my ring, use a soft tooth brush to scrub, then rinse with water. TaDa!!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve used it on my diamond earrings but I’m not sure if it’s best…it seems to work and make it sparkle though! πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The jeweler my sister worked for used a bit of Mr. Clean (yellow, lemony stuff) heated up in the microwave.  You put your jewelry in the warm liquid and then scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse.  Worked great from what I remember. πŸ™‚

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I put a couple sprays in some warm water about once a week and let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then rinse it off and use a soft toothbrush to get everything out. Works great for me. My mom does the same thing on her ring and she’s had it for 15+ years and it’s never hurt it.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@GDub:Actually that’s what my jeweler told me to use- Mr. Clean!

Although the cleanest I have ever seen my ring is after they steam cleaned it! I wish I had one of those machines at home. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Per my reading on PriceScope:

Yes, for diamonds and gold or platinum, Windex is safe to use. (Some gemstones it may harm, so don’t start cleaning all your jewelry this way.)

Never use toothpaste, it is abrasive and scratches up the metal.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

our jeweler actually recommended that I use windex as a cleaner in between taking it to get steam cleaned at the jeweler. Depending on how dirty your ring gets, spray your ring with windex once a week, scrub with a soft bristle toothbrush, then thouroughly rinse with water.

I take mine to get steam cleaned once every 3 months, they also check the prongs on the diamonds when I go in to make sure none of them are in danger of falling out!

Also: Cool tip, if your fingers swell and your ring is stuck, spray a little windex on your finger, the ring will come right off!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my jeweler suggested windex after I told him I was using 1 part ammonia mixed with 5 parts warm water and then scrub with a tooth brush

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldnt use windex or tooth paste. windex irritates my skin anyway.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I never understood why people used toothpaste for cleaning rings. Wouldn’t it get all gunky? I guess it’s the same as brushing teeth, I dunno.

Anyway, I think Windex is fine. But I heard you shouldn’t do toothpaste. And if it’s for sensitive teeth I especially wouldn’t use toothpaste. A lot of that stuff takes enamel away, so I’m sure it wouldn’t be good for gold.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Windex and Mr Clean should be safe for most rings, or you can get jewlery cleaning/buffing cloths for a dry cleaning if you’re nervous about using a liquid. 

The best is really a steam cleaning though. Back when I worked for an espresso machine company we employees would sometimes put our jewlery in a coffee cup and use the milk steaming wands to clean them. We just had to make sure all the milk was cleaned off first! Maybe this would work for you if you know anyone with an espresso machine or are perhaps really friendly with your local barista. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

My jeweler suggests it πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

My jewler recommends it for cleaning and stuck rings.

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