December is my favorite and memorable month of all month a year, especially it is one year wedding anniversary that we get to celebrate! Out of all heirloom gifts that I got from my bridal shower, today I want to share with you the heirloom engagement ring that I received when my husband proposed me last year in April.
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There is nothing that makes me cringe more than when my heirloom wedding ring has lost its luster and no longer shine. There are lots of great ways to clean your heirloom rings with a very simple technique using products you already have at home (yes, even in our small tiny kitchen, too!)
Vinegar is something that you want to use when you have gold or gemstone 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.
Toothpaste can be used on pretty much anything in your jewelry collection box! But no to 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 build up and the element hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria on the ring. After soaking your engagement ring in the solution about 10-15 minutes, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush to remove residue. Rinse well with lukewarm water and let it dry.
Simple 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 and I can donate little splash of drops to clean up my heirloom wedding ring to clean occasionally. Splash little drops of any beer (except dark ale) on a clean cloth and gently rub. Make sure to use this method only to the solid gold or gold plated without any gemstones only.
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 to make the gemstone more shiny and looks new. Soak the ring in a glass of bubbly water overnight and next day just wipe them gently and dry it out.
Best way to clean your ring is to make a solution with almost hot warm 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 ring in the mixture and let it soak of a few minutes and no need to leave it for long. Add dish soap to liquid mixture and scrub your ring with a soft clean toothbrush gently. Rinse your ring in warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
If you have favorite shampoo that you want to use this is perfect clean method for you to try! Simply mix lukewarm water with pour splash of little 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 hand well enough, this can cause getting dry skin patches under your ring and can trap bacteria that will lead to skin irritations.
Above lists are best ring cleaning hacks that you can easily try at home and no need to spend money on 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?
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