When it comes to the most expensive pieces of jewelry you’ve ever owned, like your engagement ring and wedding band, you should probably take care of them often with easy and affordable ring cleaner solutions.
You’ve come to the right place, my friend. If you’re looking for a good jewelry cleaner that works, you may be surprised at what you find here. (Banana jewelry cleaner, anyone?!)
Regardless of the method used, always be gentle cleaning your diamond ring. If you’re not careful, you could loosen the diamond or scratch the metal.
Check out these 14 DIY ring cleaner solutions you can do yourself with household items:
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1. Ketchup is a great ring cleaner that’ll polish tarnished silver.
This condiment can completely transform your tarnished silver ring within 15 minutes, thanks to the acid from the tomatoes and vinegar.
Submerge your ring in a shallow bowl of ketchup and let sit for 5-10 minutes (don’t forget about your ring and leave it in too long, or the acid could cause damage).
Then, remove the ring and scrub it with a super soft (and clean) toothbrush. Rise with warm water, dry, and you’re good to go!
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2. Use beer as a jewelry cleaner to make your gold shine.
Pour a bit of lager on a soft, clean cloth and gently rub your ring — but not your diamond. Then dry the band.
Hops used in beer brewing contain alpha acids that help to polish dirt and grime off gold jewelry. Lighter beers contain less hops, so the acidity is just right to polish the metal while protecting your ring.
A couple things to note: Don’t use a dark ale, and make sure your jewelry is solid gold or gold plated without gemstones.
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3. Use vodka to make your diamond dazzle.
Simply pour vodka on a clean cloth and use it as a jewelry cleaner. Wipe your jewelry with it — or set your ring in a shot glass of vodka, take out, and dry.
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4. Use vinegar and tea tree oil for any type of metal.
Place your ring in a jar, and pour half a cup of vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil to the mix for a DIY jewelry cleaner. The tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and anti-fungal.
Leave the ring soaking overnight, and in the morning, take the ring out and clean it with a toothbrush that has a little baking soda on it. Wash and rinse with water.
5. Lemon juice, water and dry instant milk is a great DIY ring cleaner for silver.
Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with half a cup of water and dry instant milk. Let your ring soak overnight, and it’ll be sparkling clean the next morning.
6. Use a banana to clean silver.
Who knew you could use a banana to clean silver?! Blend a banana with water to make a DIY ring cleaner paste. Apply the paste on the ring using a toothbrush or a soft cloth. Let the banana paste dry, rinse with water, and pat dry.
7. Use Windex with hydrogen peroxide to clean a silver or gold ring.
These two partners in crime will help you clean a silver or gold diamond ring. In a small bowl, combine equal parts Windex and hydrogen peroxide.
Let your ring sit in the solution for 10-15 minutes. After that, use a gentle toothbrush to remove any extra built-up residue. After you’re done, rinse the ring and dry with a clean cloth.
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8. Use dish soap and warm water to gently clean all metal types (platinum, silver, white gold, and gold).
The easiest way to clean all types of metal is with a few drops of Dawn dish soap and warm water. Soak your jewelry for 20-40 minutes, and use a gentle toothbrush to scrub the ring. Rinse and dry.
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9. Use SimpleGreen to clean all metal types.
The greatest advice I’ve been given regarding my engagement ring came from the jeweler who made it and told me to skip all the expensive store-bought jewelry cleaners and invest in… Simple Green.
Simple Green is safe to use on your ring and will gently remove any built-up grit and grime. Simply spray Simple Green on your diamond ring, gently scrub with a toothbrush, rinse with warm water, and dry.
I do this every couple days to keep my ring sparkling bright!
10. Use toothpaste and a toothbrush on any type of metal.
Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush, and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.
It’s best to use a mild toothpaste for cleaning your gold objects. Teeth-whitening toothpastes can potentially damage your jewelry.
11. Use sodium-free seltzer water or club soda to clean gold.
Put the jewelry into a small strainer and place it in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish it around, fishing out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush.
Return items to the strainer, and rinse under running water. Dry with a soft cloth.
12. Use a denture tablet as a ring cleaner for gold or platinum.
This works well on gold and platinum bands with diamonds or other hard stones. Drop a denture tablet into a glass containing a cup of water, and set your ring into the glass.
Let it sit for a few minutes, and then remove your ring and rinse.
13. Use baking soda and water to remove tarnish from silver.
Make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry.
To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean.
14. Use aluminum foil and baking soda to clean silver.
Line a tray with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil, and place your jewelry on the foil. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the jewelry, then pour hot water over it.
The tarnish will transfer from the jewelry to the foil. You may need to flip or move the jewelry around so all sides come in contact with the foil. Remove and rinse with water.