Developing a cleaning solution for your diamond does not require you to be a rocket scientist. Cleaning solutions of your preference can be easily made using many items you have at home in your cabinets. In addition to your homemade cleaner, you will also need a pair of latex gloves, a soft-bristled toothbrush, a lint-free cloth and a steam iron. Allow your diamond to soak in your preferred solution for about 20 minutes. After soaking, gently brush clean, steam rinse using an iron, then buff gently with cloth and allow tiny crevices to air dry.
Options for Homemade Diamond Jewely Cleaners
When it comes to homemade diamond jewelry cleaners, you have a number of options depending on what you have at hand. Ammonia and water is one combination; mix one part water ammonia to one part of distilled water. If you don't have ammonia at home, vinegar and water also work; mix one part vinegar to four parts distilled water. Finally, you can even use something as simple as household detergents or dish soap and water mixed to form sudsy water to soak your diamond jewelry in.
For diamond and jewelry owners who have tougher dirt that doesn't come off with the standard solutions, there are a few other safe ideas for home diamond jewelry cleaning. Rubbing or ethyl alcohol or even a little vodka can do wonders to bring the luster back to your diamond. Allow your diamond to sit in the alcohol for about 5 minutes. If desired, steam rinse, then gently buff dry. Lemon juice can also work. Mix one part lemon to two parts water. Lemon is acidy and can cause some damage to certain metals, so soaking is not recommended. At most, allow to sit for a minute or two and proceed with cleaning. Finally, when the condition of your jewel is soiled beyond the norm, sulfuric acid can be used with caution and as a last resort. Just follow the instructions on the label.
Self-cleaning your diamond is always recommended as long as you remember that it is not only your diamond you are cleaning but also the metals and other jewels that are set in its foundation; diamonds themselves are difficult to damage with cleaning products, but following the appropriate safety steps and not soaking too long are vital to protecting your setting. You should also consider at least one annual professional cleaning to ensure your diamond is always in tiptop condition.