11 One Minute Heirloom Wedding Ring Cleaning Hacks

December is my favorite and most memorable month of all the months in a year! Thats especially the case because we get to celebrate our wedding anniversary! Out of all the heirloom gifts that I received from my bridal shower, today I want to share with you the heirloom engagement ring and wedding ring that I received when my husband proposed to me last year in April. I want to take extra special care of them, so I searched for the best heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks.

11 One Minute Heirloom Wedding Ring Cleaning Hacks



One Minute Heirloom Wedding Ring Cleaning Hacks

Nothing makes me cringe more than the thought of my heirloom wedding rings losing their luster and no longer shine bright. There are lots of great heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks, and with very simple techniques you can use household products you already have at home (yes, even in our small tiny kitchen, too!)


1. Baking Soda

Clean your rings naturally, without harsh chemicals using baking soda. Use one cup of hot water with 1-2 teaspoon baking soda. Let your ring sit for a few minutes and rinse. Probably the easiest heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks that anyone can perform quickly.



2. Vinegar

Vinegar is something that you want to use when you have gold or gemstones on your ring. Simply drop the ring into a jar of vinegar and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and scrub with a soft toothbrush. This heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks is sure to brighten your bling!


3. Toothpaste

Toothpaste can be used on pretty much anything in your jewelry collection box! But not to be used on pearls! Place a bit of paste on an old toothbrush and gently scrub away at your dull pieces of silver, gold or gemstone. Dip a clean cloth in warm water and completely wipe away the toothpaste.



4. Windex

Windex removes the day to day dirt that builds up! The element hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria on the ring. After soaking your engagement ring in the solution for about 10-15 minutes, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush to remove residue. Rinse well with lukewarm water and let it dry.


5. Ketchup

Simply soak the ring in a bowl of ketchup and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t let it sit more than 10 minutes because the acid from the tomatoes and vinegar can damage your ring. Remove the ring and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the ketchup paste around the ring and rinse it off with warm water. Dry it off!



6. Beer

I’m a huge fan of craft beer!  I can donate just a little splashes to clean up my heirloom wedding ring occasionally. Splash a few drops of any beer (except dark ale) on a clean cloth and gently rub. Make sure to use this method only on solid gold or gold plated without any gemstones.


7. Vodka

This method is only if your ring has lots of hard stones like diamonds or crystal rhinestones. Simply pour drops of vodka on a clean cloth and wipe the ring gently.



8. Seltzer

Seltzer water (or club soda) is something that will make the gemstones more shiny and looks new. Soak the ring in a glass of bubbly water overnight and the next day just wipe them gently to dry it out.


9. Dish Soap

The best heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks is to make a solution with almost hot water and dishwashing soap. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water.


10. Mineral Water + Lemon Oil

Combine warm a cup of mineral water with 4 drops of lemon oil. Place a ring in the mixture and let it soak of a few minutes, there is no need to leave it for long. Add dish soap to the liquid mixture and gently scrub your ring with a soft clean toothbrush. Rinse your ring in warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.



11. Shampoo

If you have a favorite shampoo that you want to use, this is a perfect cleaning method for you to try! Simply mix lukewarm water with a splash of shampoo and soak the ring for about 15 minutes. Remove is and use a soft toothbrush to gently rub the dirt from your ring. Rinse in cool water and pat dry on a clean towel.


Why Your Heirloom Ring Need To Be Cleaned Regularly

If you wash your hands and don’t dry your hands well enough, this can cause dry skin patches under your ring and can trap bacteria that will lead to skin irritations.


Above lists are best heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks that you can easily try at home. No need to spend money on a new gadget or run to the jewelry store to get cleaned.

When in doubt, call your favorite jeweler and ask them what’s safe to soak. If you follow these simple instructions on a monthly or even weekly basis throughout the year, your jewelry will always look great and you’ll enjoy wearing it all the more.


How do you clean your engagement ring?

Share your heirloom wedding ring cleaning hacks with us!


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  1. I’m so surprised about some of these….ketchup, really? LOL! I haven’t actually properly cleaned our rings and it’s been more than a decade. Need to try some of these hacks.

  2. I don’t have an heirloom ring but definitely need to clean it! I had no idea ketchup worked! I am going to try these out, nine has lots of lotion on it 🙂

  3. I heard of the toothpaste trick and used it several times!! works great!! will def try some other tips

    Thanks for info♥

  4. i use a combination of lemon juice and baking soda to clean all my silver jewelry! i didnt know all the different options to clean rings, i dont have an engagement ring but im sure i can use this fot other rings

  5. Happy Anniversary for this month. What great tips to clean a ring with, I have heard of some of these but not all of them x

  6. I was not aware that bear and vodka, can help in cleaning a ring. Vinegar and ketchup are always very helpful for me.

  7. It’s funny that I am reading this post today. My mother just gave me a couple different rings that her mother gave her. They need to be cleaned but I don’t want to ruin them.

  8. Great ideas when I would like to clean my ring at home instead of going to the jeweler thank you!

  9. These are all great and inexpensive ideas to use to clean my wedding band. I’ve been wanting to do this since I’ve worn the band for a few years now and its time to clean my ring. Thank you for sharing!

  10. vodka and ketchup?! I had no idea ahah! I knew for vinegar and baking soda though! they are inexpensive hacks so they are great!

  11. What I usually used is toothpaste and vinegar. It really helps with my jewels, it came back to its old shining feature.

  12. I’ve noticed DISH SOAP as an AMAZINGGGGGG ring cleaner!! Never heard ketchup but I am soooo going to try it! Although I love eating ketchup, not sure if I want to waste it on a ring, LOL!

  13. Baking Soda and Vinegar are both effective cleaning agents. I tried it several times. Perfect as always. Cheap alternative too!

  14. I have been familiar with almost most of the techniques and products, but Ketchup?? seriously? does it work? It’s so new to me, but I will definitely try by myself. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh my gosh these are really great hacks. I would never think to use half of these especially the vinegar.

  16. Happy anniversary! And thanks for the tips. I have a couple rings that need to be cleaned.

  17. Wow I never knew there were so many ways to safely clean rings! I figured apple vinegar though, so many benefits with that, it’s amazing!
    I’ll keep these in mind for my rings ; )

  18. As a newly engaged woman I appreciate these tips so much! I had no idea how I would clean it when it got dirty!

  19. We have used Vodka and vinegar in the past. And it has worked very well on silver and platinum. But make sure that you use it at your own risk.

  20. Simply amazing, especially the ketchup one as usually we’re trying to get rid of ketchup stains on something else. Congrats on your one year anniversary

  21. Happy Belated Anniversary. This is great info. I know Toothpaste works great. I need to keep note of the other things you mentioned in the post.

  22. These are great tips and I really needed them. I am sure I can use them on all my gold jewellery. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I don’t have any heirloom rings that need cleaning, but I do have some of my own that could do with a little TLC. I’ll definitely be trying out these hacks. Thank you 🙂

    Louise x

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