Denture Cleaner For Your Diamonds

Recently Mr. Bee had my engagement ring repaired because one of the small diamonds had come loose. The jeweler was kinda disgusted because my ring was FILTHY. I hadn’t cleaned it in at least 6 months!

I am sooo lazy when it comes to cleaning my rings. In fact I think I’ve cleaned my wedding band only once or twice in the past year. When I first bought my wedding band, I was told by my jeweler to scrub it lightly with a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water once a week. Even that was too much effort for me.

On a recent weddingbee post about cleaning your rings, Erica mentioned using efferdent – the denture cleaner – as an effective ring cleaner. I was fascinated because this sounded like less effort than scrubbing my rings by hand. So yesterday I went out an bought a box – 40 tablets for $4.00.

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After researching a bit on the internet, I also purchased distilled water because it has no minerals to leave residue. I filled a cup with warm distilled water (microwaved for 45 seconds), put in my rings in the cup and dropped in an efferdent tablet. The water turned blue and then clear when the tablet dissolved completely.

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After 15 minutes I took out the ring, rinsed it, even dried it with my hairdryer to get the full effect. The result? Sparkling clean rings! I know it’s kinda hard to tell in the picture, but you get the idea.

My engagement ring and wedding band don’t really fit together, but sometimes I wear them together. Anyway… I’m now a convert to efferdent!

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Here are some other interesting reader tips for cleaning your ring from ehow:

Toothpaste
I have always used toothpaste (no special kind) to clean all of my rings and gold necklaces, and it does a good job. It makes the gold, as well as the diamond, shine. As I rinse them, I use a toothbrush to get all the toothpaste off.

I used to work in a nursing home…
And I found that using Efferdent to clean my rings worked wonderfully. I just placed them in the water with an Efferdent tablet, soaked for about 5 minutes, rinsed and they sparkled beautifully.

Blow-dry diamonds, don’t air-dry
After cleaning your diamonds (if you used tap water to rinse) always dry the diamonds with a blowdryer on a low heat. If you air-dry, chemicals in the tap water can cause a film to form on the diamonds while it’s drying that dulls the sparkle. If you must air-dry your diamonds, wash with pure, filtered water.

Distilled Water
When cleaning your diamonds always use distilled water (with whatever you are mixing in…for ex: ammonia, soap or other) because distilled water does not have minerals that can leave deposits on the gem.

Diamond cleaning Solution
I soak my diamonds in warm, soapy water and add a little bit of Windex to the solution. Let the diamond soak for about 15 minutes and pat it dry. Your diamonds will sparkle!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Bee

Location:
New York
Wedding Date:
March 5, 2005

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    Miss Ant, Guest @ 2:14 pm

    No wonder! I clean my ring about once a month, but there’s always this residue.

    I think it’s because I use regular tap water instead of distilled water. haha. And all this time I thought I was just a dirty girl… ;-)

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    Jane, Guest @ 2:27 pm

    What a great idea!! I’ve read that Alka Seltzer is another option. Just let the tablet dissolve in the water and leave your jewelry in for 2-3 minutes. I haven’t done it myself, but it’s something I definitely going to try out when my ring needs a cleaning. :)

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    angie, Guest @ 2:28 pm

    efferdent is definately the way to clean your jewelry. my fiance introduced it to me a couple of years back. it’s soooooooo simple and works really well.

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    Erica, Guest @ 5:18 pm

    Yay! More efferdent converts! I even use efferdent to clean my glasses now. There was so much caked on gunk on my lenses, I decided to give it a try and, yet again, I was blown away. Thank goodness I got the big box too!

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    Tina, Guest @ 11:26 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing these tips! Can’t wait to try these fabulous tips! :-D

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    Emi, Guest @ 3:08 pm

    Yes! It really does work. And I thought I was the only one to do this. Awesome.

  7. Guest
    donna, Guest @ 10:20 am

    I put my ring in efferdent and when I took it out it had turned a copper color and the band had broke of. I have had ny ring for only 2 yrs, Maybe its not real gold like they said it was. Does any one know why this happened???????????????????

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    emily, Guest @ 2:48 pm

    Efferdent is awesome for cleaning diamonds!!!! I tried it out after buying my dad Efferdent, and it works!!! Oh and Dawn from NJ is a huge whore!!!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 4:12 pm

    I’m fond of the Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner from sonicsonline.com …it works just as good, if not better, than taking it to a jewelry to be professionally cleaned!

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