Let’s be honest, even though we know we should take off our jewelry when doing basic cleaning jobs around the house, we don’t. It’s too much work. That being said, we pay for it when our jewelry starts to look like it needs some serious tender loving care. Here’s how to clean rings and bring them back to their former glory.
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CHEAPER AND MORE GENTLE OPTIONS
If you’re looking to avoid using cleaners with harsh chemicals, or just want to save some money on your next cleaning, I have good news for you! There are some great options for you to clean your rings with gentle cleaning agents that you have on hand.
HOW TO CLEAN RINGS WITH VINEGAR
You’ll need a small bowl, distilled white vinegar, a soft-bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush), and a soft, lint free cloth. Place your ring in the bowl and cover it with a half a cup of the white vinegar. Let it soak for about five minutes. After the soaking is done, use your soft-bristled brush to gently clean your ring.
When cleaning the stone, be sure to gently scrub around it, and make sure that you clean the bottom. This is where the light shines through the gem, so giving this spot some extra attention will help make your gemstone shine bright in the sun. And who doesn’t want that?
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Gently dry off your ring with your soft cloth, or you can allow it to air dry. NEVER use paper towels, as they can actually scratch and damage your ring.
HOW TO CLEAN RINGS WITH DISH SOAP
For this method you will need a small bowl, a tiny amount of a gentle dish washing liquid of your choice, and a soft-bristled brush or old toothbrush. Fill your bowl with warm, not hot, water. Then squeeze a small amount of the dish soap into the bowl.
I always give mine a little swirl with my hand to distribute the soap. Then, drop your ring in the water for about 15 minutes or so. After the soak, take your soft-bristled brush (or old toothbrush) and give it a gentle scrub. Again, be sure to shine up the bottom of your stone to help maximize the sparkle.
Rinse your ring with warm water and air dry. If you’re worried about your ring falling down the drain, you can always get a second bowl of water and give your ring a few dunks in a bath of clean, warm water. Or you can just be sure that your sink drain is stopped. Either way, be sure to keep that precious ring safe!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY RING?
It depends on how dirty it is, but a general rule of thumb is a quick wash every month or so is a good idea. Be sure to get your rings looked at professionally at least once a year to make sure that the prongs are still in good shape and your stone(s) are safe.