Quick jewelry cleaning tip

Winter is in full swing which means your hands – and jewelry – can take a beating with more frequent hand washing and lotion applications to ward off dry skin. I have the driest hands in the world and all I do is put lotion on my hands – and inadvertently on my wedding rings. I ran out of the canister of jewelry cleaner I’ve had for 10 years and can’t seem to find it at Target or the drugstore. I know most jewelers will clean any ring for free in their special cleaner machine, but i never seem to think of that while I am driving past a jeweler.

Alas, no need to buy special cleaner, according to De Beers (esteemed purveyors of diamonds):

“To keep your diamonds clean between visits, mix some mild liquid detergent with water and apply with a soft, natural bristle brush. Rinse with fresh water and dry with a clean soft cloth.”

I did it – and it works. Other methods I have heard but am afraid to try – toothpaste, vodka, and 409 cut with water. Share your ring cleaning methods here!

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