(Closed) Clean your er ring with older maybe better remedies?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
11693 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@chica95110:  I swear i found somewhere online to use vinegar to clean my diamond stud earrings but I never found the solution again.  It worked wonders, they were so sparkly.  i’m nervous about it now because I haven’t seen that ‘recipe’ again.

Post # 4
295 posts
Helper bee

I use what our jeweler gave me. It works so great! I soak it overnight, every night, and it always looks like I just got it cleaned. The only thing he warned me to avoid any ammonia. 

Post # 6
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Great thread, OP! I need to try the vinegar thing and the ketchup thing 🙂 

I usually just soak my jewelry (and my Mum’s) in warm soapy water for about half an hour, then get all the gunk and dirt out with an interdental toothbrush. They’re soft and tiny, perfect for cleaning crevices. Then I rinse everything with hot water and dry with a kitchen towel because they’re softer and lint free. A hair dryer sounds like a great idea, I need to try that too!

Post # 8
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@chica95110:  Thanks! 🙂 My Mum has a silver ring that’s all black and tarnished and it’s not valuable at all (no sentimental value either). She said I could try dipping it into ketchup to see if it works! If it does, great. If it doesn’t, no major harm done. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I hate the taste of ketchup and never keep any at home so I’ll need to go buy some first 🙂

Post # 9
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@chica95110:  The best silver cleaning procedure I’ve used is this one: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-silverware-with-b-131048

The ‘recipe’ is for silverware, but I’ve also used it on my jewlery with great results.. (I left it in longer than 10 seconds). For my engagement ring, I clean it with windex or a soft polishing cloth.

Does anyone know how to clean black onyx? I have a pendant with some intricate detailing (silver) and the center is black onyx. I cannot clean it my usual way because of the onyx, but the crevices are black with dirt and grime. Apart from sending it in and paying to have it cleaned, what can be done?

Post # 10
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@KC-2722:  Black onyx is pretty rare. Most “black onyx” stones are dyed agate. Either way, the cleaning method is usually the same. Some warm water and a toothbrush should do the job. You could even dip it in a bit of rubbing alcohol to break up some of the bodily grease that could accumulate. Regardless of if it’s agate or onyx, you want to avoid any soaps because it will accumulate in the pores and discolor it.

Post # 11
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@chica95110:  I’ll try the ketchup and feed back with before and after photos if you like; I have a crap ton of silver jewellery that DESPERATELY needs a clean lol.

To add to yours, for my platinum and diamond engagement ring I clean it one of three ways:

For a quick clean, I squirt a bit of washing up liquid onto a baby toothbrush (nice soft bristles) and gently clean the stone, before rinsing with clean water and patting dry

For a deeper clean (do this maybe once a month/for special occasions) I soak it in concentrated washing up liquid for a few hours, before gently using the toothbrush, rinsing, and drying, OR, I soak it in neat gin (just a small amount (25ml) will suffice) before again rinsing (just don’t accidentally drink the gin after lol)

Post # 12
8429 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@chica95110:  I’ve always used a tooth brush with toothpaste. The fluoride ions in the toothpaste are highly negatively charged and will help to pull off grime. There’s also baking soda in toothpaste which helps too!

Post # 13
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I put a couple drops of dishsoap int he bottom of a little jar, a few squirts of windex, and a bit of hot water and let my rings soak in there for a few minutes.    My rings are yellow gold, I’ve heard it’s not good to soak white gold in amonia, but for a couple of minutes it’s fine.     Anyway, then I scrub gently with an old soft tooth bruch, rince in hot water, and air dry.    My rings are ALWAYS beautiful and clean and sparkly.    

I even keep the old toothbrush by the kitchen sink so when I’m doing the dishes I take a split second to pass it over my rings, even without taking them off, and they look great.

Post # 15
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I use the steam portion of my espresso maker to clean my e-ring (18kt gold/Diamond) before hand I let it soak in hot water, soap, and vinegar. Works like a charm. 



Post # 16
44 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I just go to my jeweler and have them do it for free… lol. 

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