A Simple DIY Ring Cleaner

tiffany-cushion-ring_300To make a diamond ring shine without visiting a jeweler or breaking the bank, try this thrifty, unexpected solution.

Celebrity stylist Kimmy Erin, who’s “dubious of harsh chemicals,” rubs toothpaste onto her ring, and then gently scrubs it off in a circular motion with a hand towel and a little bit of water, effectively wiping away the dirt from the diamond.

If your ring is in need of a bigger boost of TLC, try this method, which uses other common household products.


  1. liz

    amazing tip! trying it now!

    October 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm
  2. Brad E Wakeman

    Does it matter what kind of toothpaste? I’m sure certain brands are more effective than others as not all toothpastes are made with the same ingredients. . . .

    October 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  3. Rachel Stein

    Hi Brad, great question! As long as it’s not a gel toothpaste, you’re probably in the clear, as the it’s the density of the toothpaste that’s really doing the work, here. And be sure to keep the trick to diamonds, as the density of toothpaste may prove to be too much for some gemstones.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm
  4. Maren

    Thanks for the tip! I have been wondering about an easy at-home solution for cleaning my rings!

    October 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm
  5. Ame

    Toothpaste has the tendency to scratch up platinum settings, so be aware of that, and ammonia can speed the chelation of rhodium on whitegold pieces that are plated. Dish soap and water works great for all, as does 91% rubbing alcohol.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  6. ellen

    Do not use toothpaste on cultured pearls. I tried that once, and it peeled the finish off.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  7. Jennifer

    I would be very careful when using toothpaste (and honestly wouldn’t recommend it at all). Toothpaste won’t scratch a diamond, but it will scratch your gold setting! Honestly, a little bit of soap (not anti-bacterial smelly stuff, but plain old clear dish soap) and a small soft toothbrush will be a lot safer.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm
  8. Rachel Stein

    These are great tips, too! Thank you, everyone.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  9. Lisa

    I’ve been doing this for years. It works great – at least on silver and gold.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm
  10. Sandy

    I had an emergency at a hotel once and had nothing to clean my ring. I took a vodka from the mini bar and let it sit for 10 min and it was sparkling!

    October 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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