We all care about our jewelry. You can clean your gold jewelry safely at home with products you probably already have in your kitchen. All it takes is soap and water, a thorough scrubbing and a bit of buffing to bring your favorite bling back to life.

Step 1

Fill a bowl with two cups of warm water. Add about three drops of mild dish-washing liquid to the bowl and stir. If the jewelry is particularly soiled or has accumulated a lot of debris, use a mixture of 1 cup of warm water and ½ cup of clear ammonia.

Step 2

Put your dirty gold jewelry into the bowl. Soak the jewelry for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

If soaking a solid gold piece, proceed to scrub the jewelry gently with a soft toothbrush to remove loosened dirt and debris.

Step 4

Remove the jewelry from the solution and dry it carefully with a soft cloth.

Step 5

Sprinkle a light coating of baking soda onto the gold jewelry. Pour white vinegar over the piece, then rinse it clean under cool water.

Step 6

Buff the jewelry with a soft cloth to dry. This will polish the piece and restore its natural shine.


  • Never submerge jewelry with gemstones or pearls in water or any harsh chemicals. To clean, simply wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth dampened with warm, soapy water and use a clean, dampened toothbrush to remove debris and heavy soil. Rinse the jewelry with a clean rag dampened with water, then buff with another rag to dry.