Your wedding bands go through a lot—from getting beat up when scrubbing dishes to becoming dull when a bit of lotion goes over it. You’ll wear your engagement ring and wedding band for a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that the dirt and stains it collects has to stay on forever.
Clean your rings regularly. As much as possible, don’t wait until soap build up forms before you start cleaning it. Here are four easy ways you can do at home to make your wedding band appear good as new.
Clean it with soap and water
If lotion, makeup, dried soap, and dirt are the common denominators that took away your band’s sparkle, a quick and simple at-home dishwashing soap and warm water combo will make it shine again.
Make a cleaning solution with warm water and dishwashing soap in a small bowl. Dip your ring in the mixture and leave it soaked for an hour. Then, take the ring and rinse it under running water. If needed, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse again. Once you’re satisfied, wipe it with a soft cloth and let it dry naturally. This is best recommended for gold, platinum, and diamond rings.
Revive the shine with Alka-Seltzer
Alka Seltzer is a heartburn medicine that can be used to clean any type of ring, with or without gemstones. The fizz that builds from the chemical reaction work in breaking up gunk and grime.
Dissolve two tablets of Alka Seltzer in a small cup of warm water. Soak your band in the solution and let it sit for around 20 minutes. Dry it with a clean, soft towel and see it sparkling clean.
Keep it clean with ketchup
This tip makes ketchup more than just a condiment. The mixture of vinegar (naturally found in ketchups) and acids in tomatoes react heavily with the chemical framework of silver, which helps get rid of goo.
Use an old toothbrush and start scrubbing ketchup into your wedding band. Then, rinse immediately. Be careful, though, as leaving the ketchup over your ring for too long can cause metal breakdown. But the fact stands: it will leave your sterling silver ring gleaming anew.
Bring it back to life with beer
While you’re chugging a beer at home, crack open a cold one for your wedding ring. Alpha acids are present in the beer brewing process, which helps in polishing off gunk from gold or gold-plated rings without gemstones.
Pour a small amount of beer onto a clean and soft washcloth. Then, rub it all over your ring. Get another clean towel to wipe it dry. Take note to use light beers since it has just the right acidity.
Your wedding ring has immense sentimental value, so it’s important that you give it the TLC it deserves. You may consult with a professional for advice. But for prophylactic cleaning, these safe at-home cleaning hacks can help retain its shine for long, especially if you do it regularly. Give it love and it will serve you forever and a day.