How To Make Your Own Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning Solution

If you're new to owning diamond jewelry, you may think that you have to buy the most expensive ultrasonic cleaner available to keep it sparkly. While it's important to clean diamonds according to the jewelers recommendations, you can create your own ultrasonic cleaner for your machine from items you have in your home. This guide explains the easy steps to complete this project. 

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Rummage through your kitchen and collect the following materials:

  • one cup of warm to hot water
  • one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent
  • one half teaspoon of ammonia
  • plastic spoon
  • plastic bowl

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

Pour the water into the plastic bowl first so you don't get a lot of suds worked up.

Add the liquid dish detergent and the ammonia.

Stir up the mix with the plastic spoon.

Step 3: Clean Your Jewelry

Remove the basket from your ultrasonic machine.

Pour the mix into the machine.

Place your diamond jewelry items into the basket and put it into the cleaner.

Then turn the machine on and allow it run as indicated by the instructions that came with it.

Step 4: Rinse and Dry

After you've allowed the machine to perform its magic on your jewelry, turn the machine off and remove the basket.

Take the jewels out of the basket and rinse it off under running water from the faucet.

Dry your diamonds off with a clean soft towel, and you're done!

What Not to Clean in Your Ultrasonic Cleaner

It is not recommended that you clean certain jewelry items in an ultrasonic cleaner. These machines clean jewelry with sound waves and the ammonia can damage the following metals and stones:

  • pearls
  • silver
  • rubies
  • opal
  • turquoise
  • all types of fake jewelry

Gold diamond settings of any color can go into an ultrasonic cleaner. As one of the hardest substances on earth, diamonds are not affected by ammonia. They will come out of the machine sparkly and beautiful.

Refrain from using abrasive cleaners such as toothpaste or baking soda. While these substances work well on silver, they damage the gold surrounding your diamond because it is a soft metal. No matter what, don't use bleach or other harsh household cleaners on any type of jewelry that you own. The discoloration that occurs from bleach is permanent and cannot be fixed. If your gold diamond jewelry needs more cleaning than what your ultrasonic machine offers, take it to a jeweler (such as B And A Jewelers) for a professional cleaning.