Keep your diamond ring pristine with common household products.

How to Clean Diamond Rings With Toothpaste

by Mimi Abney

If you wear your diamond rings daily, everyday dirt and buildup from body oils, soap and hand cream can cloud your stones. To keep your diamond rings clean and pristine, you don't have to take them to the neighborhood jeweler or buy a pricey at-home jewelry cleaner for a thorough cleaning. Using a mildly abrasive grooming product, you can clean your precious stone at home, easily and safely.

Fill a small bowl with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Let the ring soak for 10 minutes or less.

Dip an old toothbrush into the soapy water and scrub the ring. Clean the underside of the stone and in between the setting to remove dirt and body oils.

Squeeze a pea-size amount of toothpaste on an old toothbrush. Apply the toothpaste to the diamond only. Brush the stone to add polish and shine to the diamond.

Rinse the toothbrush under a stream of warm water to rid the brush of toothpaste. Brush the top and sides of the stone with warm water only to remove any small toothpaste particles.

Drop the ring in a small bowl filled with warm water to rinse. Let the ring soak for three to four minutes.

Dry off your ring with a baby diaper, old cotton handkerchief or a lint-free cloth.

Items you will need

  • Small bowls
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Old toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby diaper, handkerchief or old cotton cloth


  • Use the small bowls to rinse and wash your diamond rings. Prevent the chance of losing your diamonds by never holding your fine jewelry over an open sink and drain.


  • If your diamond has a gold setting, do not use toothpaste to clean your ring. The abrasive nature of the toothpaste may dull the surface of a gold band. Skip the toothpaste and clean with warm water, a mild liquid detergent and a toothbrush.


About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.

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