(Closed) Engagement Ring Cleaning Tips?!?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
228 posts
Helper bee

What type of metal is your ring?  Different metals react differently to different cleansers.  Example: don’t use anything abrasive with white gold since the plating will wear off sooner.

What type of setting do you have?  I’ve heard that ultrasonic cleaners can often loosen pave set stones.

I’ve heard various tricks like dish washing detergent, windex, ammonia.  I do definitely know not to use bleach or anything bleach based on a diamond, since it will cause it to yellow (same goes for swimming in chlorinated pools).

Best bet would be to ask your jeweler.  I just bring mine in every once in a while to get cleaned.

Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

This might not help you…

but I visit the jewelry stores at the mall EVERY time I go. They have free jewelry cleaning service, so I can get my rings, earrings, whatever cleaned for free. They do a good job and it’s quick. I find that my ring stays cleaner between professional cleanings this way, too. And I don’t put on lotion or hair product while I’m wearing my ring.

With my old engagment ring (from a previous engagement) I used to clean it at home with warm water and a new, SUPER soft toothbrush, except that wasn’t so good with channel-set diamonds as it popped a couple out. I swear, I wasn’t rubbing it THAT hard, but channel settings are pesky buggers like that.


Anyway, I’ll be checking back here because I’d like some tips, too. 

Post # 6
49 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

I use some jewelry cleaner that comes in a red plastic jar … conniseur’s, i think?  It’s the one my mom always used.  But, in a pinch, a little gentle soap and SUPER hot water works wonders!

Post # 7
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I actually have an industrial ultrasonic cleaner (for machined parts) at work, but I also use a solution that my jeweler gave me at home.  You just soak it for a while and then brush the goop out.  I’m sure you can buy it in a number of places.

Post # 8
4 posts

My ring is split prong with micropave, so it has  tendency to look dark and collect dust.  A jeweler told me to just use a soft toothbrush with Dawn and it sparkles like crazy.

If you have an espresso machine with a milk steamer, you can use tweezers to hold in in the steam, but make sure you pad the tweezers.

Post # 10
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I have an antique ring (approx 75 years old) with lots of little stones and details and I was afraid of being rough with it and having stones fall out.

I asked the jeweler we purchased the ring from (manufactures jewelry and refurbishes estate pieces like mine) and they suggested a soft tooth brush.

I’m still paranoid so I’m very gentle, but it works!


And like others I don’t put on lotions or hair products while wearing my ring. 

Post # 11
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Rancho del Cielo, Malibu, CA

i bought the tiffany’s ring cleaner liquid that comes with a little brush…you have to scrub the ring gently with the brush, rinse under hot water, and then dab it dry and use a blow dryer.  It looks brand new every time!  the cleaner stuff is only about $10-15.  it’s probably just detergent, but hey, it works!

Post # 12
22 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

I use a little bit of Shaklee’s Basic-H (featured on Oprah’s get clean/green episode) and a very soft kid’s toothbrush. Not only does it clean my ring, but it is all natural, streak free and you can use it on EVERYTHING.

Post # 14
405 posts
Helper bee

I use Dawn dish washing detergent on a baby tooth brush. It works AMAZINGLY for me! 😀

Post # 15
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve used contact solution to get the dirt and grime off of my ring, and it comes out sparkly clean.  I only leave it in for about 10-15 minutes or so.

Post # 16
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I heard windex or liquid soap b/c it can get out the oil that regular hand soap can. Just don’t use anythign with bleach

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