How to Clean Diamond Jewelry at Home, Cheap and Easy

Learn some cheap and easy ways to clean your diamond jewelry at home.

There are many ways of doing things, one is to pay somebody else to do them, the other is to do it yourself. Many people, in order to save money (and sometimes to save time too) opt to do things themselves and look for home remedies or simple solutions to help with everyday household cleaning problems.

One of the the cleaning problems you may have encountered is in regards to cleaning your diamond jewelry. Some people take their expensive jewelry to a jeweler to have it cleaned but you can just as easily clean it yourself at home and save yourself the time, price, and worry that something could happen to it.


When cleaning your own jewelry at home last thing you want is for your ring, or earrings, to go down the sink, so make either use a counter space far from the sink, and put something in the sink to prevent loss. You will need a soft bristle toothbrush, even one that has been used and would otherwise be garbage is fine. Microfiber cloth is also good to have on hand, it is non-abrasive and good to set your jewelry on to dry.

There are several methods you can use to wash and clean your diamond jewelry at home.

Dish Washing Liquid

A gentle dish washing liquid, such as Dawn, tends to work very well for washing jewelry at home. Put a few drops of dish washing liquid into the bowl and add warm water. Soak the jewelry items for 15 minutes. Scrub with the toothbrush to remove the dirt and built up grease, and then rinse. Be sure to have a colander, or strainer, in the sink in case you drop your jewelry, to prevent loss. Dry with the microfiber cloth and then leave to dry on the cloth for a little longer.

Vinegar and Water

Vinegar is a cheap, and environmentally friendly, cleaner. It works the same way as glass cleaner, in fact you could use glass cleaner to clean your jewelry in the same way, but it costs a bit more. Using a small bowl add only just enough water and vinegar (50/50 mix) to cover your jewelry. Let soak for a minute, remove each piece and scrub using the toothbrush. If using glass cleaner just spray it on the jewelry and scrub. Rinse and let dry.


Household ammonia can also be used in a 50/50 mixture with water to clean jewelry. The jewelry only needs to be dipped in this mixture for 10 to 15 seconds before being scrubbed and dried.


  • Do not apply the above methods for cleaning other gemstones or pearls.
  • When you are done try to avoid touching the diamond itself with your fingers as it will transfer grease to the stone which intern will attract minute particles of airborne dirt, taking away the sparkle of your clean diamond.
  • If you do not have a microfiber cloth, using a non-abrasive cloth, as for cleaning eye-glasses, will work too.

Further Reading

Shimmer & Stone

Apples of Gold

Chemical Cleaning Products are More Dangerous than Germs

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  2. Nice share, thanks Brenda.

  3. thanks for the tips!

  4. I have used all these except ammonia. Thanks for the information. Nice to be able to comment again, I haven’t been able to in weeks.

  5. Thanks for these tips

  6. Very useful info- something that can save a lot of money.

  7. Interesting.Enjoyed reading it.Thanks for sharing

  8. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nice sharing , like it

  10. I just purchased a lot of diamond Calgary jewellery, so I appreciate your advice on how to best clean it without breaking the budget. I definitely want to keep it looking its best for years to come. No on wants to wear dull diamond earrings.

  11. It’s all about the Branson Ultrasonic cleaner!!! They are soo worth it if you want your jewelry to look like new!! Got mine from and it was the best purchase I made all year.

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