How To Clean Jewelry At Home: Tips For Cleaning Yellow Gold, White Gold, Platinum …And Diamonds!

For years, I’ve been doing this to clean my gold & diamond jewelry:

This is how my previous jeweler recommended cleaning gold jewelry and diamonds. For the past 22 years, I've used Murphy's Oil Soap, hot water, and a child's toothbrush to clean my yellow gold, white gold, and platinum jewelry with diamonds.

This is jewelry cleaning process with Murphy’s Oil Soap is something I learned from a jeweler years ago when I acquired my first piece of gold jewelry with diamonds: my wedding ring.

Through the years, I’ve found a few other people who also use Murphys Oil Soap to clean jewelry, but it seems to be a little-known secret for the most part.

By the way…

Murphy’s Oil Soap does not contain ammonia, bleach, or oils. It contains plant-based and coconut-based cleaning agents, filtered water, and natural fragrance. ~Colgate-Palmolive

It has worked perfectly for me for the past 22 years!

I tried using a couple of different ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, but I didn’t like the ones I found in department stores. They didn’t seem to be of professional quality. They were made of cheap plastic, lightweight, and chintzy. I also didn’t like the ongoing expense of having to buy new cleaning solution all the time. (A bottle of the concentrated jewelry cleaner typically lasts 6 or 8 uses.)

With my DIY jewelry cleaning solution, I can buy the cleaner in bulk and it will last for years! Plus, I don’t have to find space on my bathroom countertop to use — and store — another handy dandy gadget.

If I ever change my mind and decide to try another (inexpensive) ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, this is the one I’d get. Though I would probably want to do some research on true professional-grade ultrasonic cleaners first. Surely, the more expensive ones would work even better and last even longer — right?

Another Jeweler’s Advice For Cleaning Jewelry

A few years ago, for our 15th wedding anniversary, we upgraded my 14-karat yellow gold wedding ring for a 14-karat white gold wedding ring and anniversary band.

Wanting to do it right from the get-go, I asked the jeweler how to clean my new rings.

Here’s how to clean jewelry at home, according my jeweler:

By the way, this jeweler recommends not using a soft toothbrush to clean diamonds. The reason? He said if a diamond is loose in its setting, using a brush could send the diamond flying and you may not ever find it.

Ammonia And A Hair Dryer… Seriously?

After I got home with my new diamond rings, 2 questions came to mind:

So I did some research and found others recommending the same thing: dish soap with ammonia and a hair dryer!

Though, I’ll be honest, I also found some people saying that you should never use ammonia on jewelry — and even some say not to use a hair dryer.

Since more than one professional said TO do these things, I’ve decided to follow the advice of my jeweler (and others) and use dish soap with ammonia to clean my jewelry and a hair dryer to dry my jewelry.


The safest solution is 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water. For the purest formulation, use distilled water (or at least bottled water) instead of tap water — unless you want hard water stains and calcium deposits that are naturally found in tap water to settle onto your diamonds. Distilled water is budget-friendly too. A gallon jug is just 99 cents at most grocery stores!

Here’s some discussion about dish soaps that contain ammonia:

I found bits & pieces from each of those discussions helpful when determining how to clean jewelry at home myself.

By the way, my jeweler’s recommendation to not use a soft toothbrush makes perfect sense. But since I’m not a jeweler with the “right” tools to clean all sides of a diamond, I still use a soft baby toothbrush very carefully — because I can’t imagine the liquid solution alone removes all of the body oils, hand lotion, sunscreen, and soap that acquires over time.

How do you clean your gold jewelry and diamonds? Have you learned any other tips and tricks that work?

This content was originally published here.


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