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How to Clean Gold Jewelry

A little patina only increases the beauty of gold jewelry―but when the luster is gone, a quick clean is in order. You can skip the expensive cleansers and reach for a common household product to polish your gold. Watch this video.

A little patina only increases the beauty of gold jewelry―but when the luster is gone, a quick clean is in order. You can skip the expensive cleansers and reach for a common household product to polish your gold. Watch this video.

What You Need:

  • two bowls of warm water
  • dishwashing liquid
  • soft-bristle toothbrush
  1. 1Soak jewelry in soap solution

    Add a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid to a bowl filled with two cups of warm water. Drop your gold pieces into the solution and let them soak for about 15 minutes.

  2. 2Scrub the dirt away

    Lift a piece of jewelry out of the solution and gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove any dirt lodged in nooks and crannies.

  3. 3Rinse in warm water

    Swish the piece around in a bowl of warm water to remove the soapy residue.

  4. 4Blot dry with a soft cloth

    Using a soft cloth, dry your jewelry thoroughly and buff it a little to bring back the shine.