Can you clean your diamonds with toothpaste? I get asked that a lot…
So let’s address it.
Yes, you can clean a diamond ring with toothpaste.
However, it’s important to note that toothpaste should only be used for cleaning metals and hard gemstones like diamonds, and should not be used on softer gemstones or pearls, as it can cause damage.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning your diamond ring with toothpaste:
- Gather the necessary materials: You’ll need toothpaste (non-gel and non-whitening toothpaste works best), a soft-bristle toothbrush or a soft cloth, a small bowl of warm water, and a lint-free cloth for drying.
- Prepare the cleaning solution: Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto the toothbrush or cloth. Make sure to use a toothpaste that doesn’t contain any abrasive particles.
- Clean the diamond: Gently scrub the diamond and the metal setting with the toothbrush or cloth. Pay attention to hard-to-reach areas like the back of the diamond or the underside of the setting. Use circular motions to remove dirt, oils, and other residues.
- Rinse the ring: After cleaning, place the ring in a small bowl of warm water to rinse off the toothpaste residue. Swirl the ring gently in the water to ensure all the toothpaste is removed.
- Dry and polish: Use a lint-free cloth to thoroughly dry the ring. You can also use a hairdryer on a low, cool setting to ensure all moisture is removed. Finally, polish the diamond and the metal setting with a clean, dry cloth to restore its shine.
Easy as that!
It’s worth mentioning that toothpaste is not a professional jewelry cleaner and may not be as effective as other specialized cleaning solutions (or as I often recommend; Ammonia or Mr. Clean). If your diamond ring has significant dirt buildup or requires a more thorough cleaning, it’s recommended to take it to a professional jeweler who can clean it using appropriate methods and equipment.
Or, just buy yourself a jewelry ultrasonic cleaner and have fun.
So get to it… Brush your teeth, and your ring at the same time!