Ok guys, if you’re a regular reader or follower on one of my social media channels, you know I come from a family line of jewelers. I am also launching an online jewelry shop on my blog in the near future! So while it’s on my mind, I want to discuss the three best ways to clean your jewelry.
Often when girlfriends come over, they clean their jewelry in my ultrasonic cleaner. Naturally, since I am into jewelry, I’m shocked that they don’t have their own jewelry cleaners at home! I’ve learned that very few people do!
It’s funny what we think is “normal” based on our own lives, we believe is everyone else’s normal too. I learn every day how this is not the case – we all have our quirky differences in life, down to how we fold our laundry (don’t ask me how I do, cuz it’s not pretty).
But our wedding rings and nice jewelry we own – they MUST be clean when we wear them! Otherwise, it’s similar to going out with a big stain on your shirt in my mind. See? We all have our quirks.
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My jewelry cleaner
I purchased my cleaner years ago from my hometown jeweler who uses the same one at their store. It cost about $150, but I cannot find it online.
The specifications are what’s most important. This cleaner has been effective at cleaning all of my jewelry, and I recommend it’s specs, which are listed below. Cleaners can get complicated- They can be professional-level which costs thousands of dollars or home level at less than $100 which is just fine for our purposes.
Ideal home jewelry cleaner characteristics
- A heater – water must be warm in order to loosen dirt
- Ultrasonic Power of at least 50W
- Ultrasonic Frequency 60Hz or higher
- A timer
It’s important to note – this type of cleaner should be used for hard stones like diamonds with genuine gold or platinum. Stones should be on prongs. Tiny stones like pave or very delicate jewelry should not be cleaned in this type of cleaner as the ultrasonic vibration may loosen the stones from the setting.
Options to keep your jewelry clean
Although I prefer having a cleaner with the characteristics above, you can also use simpler methods. The following are the best options to clean your jewelry:
1. Diluted Mr. Clean with water
Mr. Clean (green solution) and water. Use 1 part Mr. Clean to 3 parts water.
Warm up your water/cleaner solution, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Do not put your jewelry into the microwave.
- Let the jewelry soak for several minutes in the warm solution – key step if for the liquid to be heated.
- Brush gently with a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Rinse off with clean tap water.
- Lay on clean paper towels or a soft cloth.
- Don’t use anything too fibrous to wipe jewelry; small fibers can get caught up in jewelry with prongs.
2. < $50 ultrasonic cleaner
- 1.3Pt/0.6L, white color
- Stainless Steel Tank, Tank Size (oval)
- Ultrasonic Frequency 42 KHz, Ultrasonic Power 110W + Heating Power 35W
This is small but does the job. It’s received positive reviews and is found on many “best cleaners” lists.
3. My top choice ultrasonic cleaner available online
- 3.2 L
- Stainless steel construction. Auto stand-by and sleep mode.
- Ultrasonic Frequency 40KHz; Ultrasonic Power 120W + Heating Power 100W
I prefer this one because I like there to be more liquid for my jewelry to sit in while it cleans. The water doesn’t get dirty as fast, and I can fit in more jewelry at once. It is larger than the last option, ultrasonic power is slightly higher, and it heats faster.
For the ultrasonic cleaners above, the cleaning solution to use is 1. Diluted Mr. Clean with water. The combination of the solution, heat, and ultrasonic vibration to loosen dirt from the jewelry’s tiny crevasses will make your rings looking sparkly and new.
My cleaning routine
Once a week I’ll clean the jewelry I wear day-to-day. I’ll put the pieces in the heated and timed cleaner before jumping in the shower and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. After removing, I use a jewelry brush or toothbrush to loosen the final remnants, rinse, then lay flat to dry.
Do you clean your jewelry like this too? Which one is your preference? If it is different than above, leave a comment! We can add more options that work for you!
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