How to Clean Engagement Rings

It’s recommended that you clean your engagement ring at least once per week in mild soapy water to keep everyday oil and grime build-up at bay. But once every couple of years, it’s a good idea to bring your ring into a jeweler for a professional cleaning. “This helps you avoid hard, compacted layers of dirt and oil,” says Slisha Kankariya, co-founder of jewelry startup With Clarity (formerly Four Mine).

To maintain your ring’s optimal shine, we spoke to Mark Mann, the former Global Director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts at the Gemological Institute of America, about how to properly clean your ring. His tips and tricks are simple, and the majority of supplies you’ll need can be found in your kitchen.

Start with a small bowl filled with warm water and dish wash solution, add your ring, and soak for about 20 to 40 minutes. Then, scrub it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying special attention to the crevices where dirt can collect. After scrubbing, rinse it thoroughly with warm water and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth or paper towel.

For a deeper clean, you can use witch hazel or white vinegar in place of the dish soap. But we recommend you do your research and check with a jeweler to ensure these solutions are safe for your particular metal and stone setting. Also, be sure to ask about specific care instructions for your ring to prevent any damage or discoloration. how to clean engagement ring