How to Clean Gold Jewelry Safely

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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.

  • Bowl
  • Mild dish soap or clear ammonia
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Soft cloths
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

1 Fill a bowl with two cups of warm water

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.

2 Put your dirty gold jewelry into the bowl

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

3 If soaking a solid gold piece

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

4 Remove the jewelry

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

5 Sprinkle a light coating of baking soda

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

6 Buff

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.

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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