For many women, their diamond ring is the crown jewel of their jewelry collection. It might also be the most expensive, making its care that much more crucial. Ultrasonic cleaners are the standard in several jewelry stores, but when improperly used, the unit can loosen the mount, leading to the potential loss of the diamond. Use an inexpensive household product to safely and effectively clean your diamond rings.

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Pour three cups of lukewarm water into a plastic or glass bowl. Add one tablespoon of liquid dish soap to the bowl and lightly agitate the water with your hand to incorporate the dish soap.

Submerge the diamond ring in the soapy water and allow it to remain for at least 20 minutes. Remove the ring from the bowl and gently shake off the excess liquid. The water loosens any dirt, grime and old hand lotion on the ring.

Scrub the damp ring gently with a soft toothbrush. Hold the ring over the bowl and gently work the soft toothbrush over the diamond and the metal to remove the loosened materials.

Turn on your sink faucet and wait until you have a lukewarm stream of water coming out of the tap. Rinse the ring under the lukewarm water, then pat it dry with a lint-free cloth.


  • Avoid cleaning the ring in or near a sink to prevent losing it down the drain.

  • Wash diamond rings one at a time to prevent scratching or damaging the jewelry.

  • Soak the ring for up to eight hours to loosen stubborn dirt, grime and debris.