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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.