How to Clean Gold Jewelry at Home—No Chemicals Required
A little patina only increases the beauty of gold jewelry―but when the luster is gone, a quick clean is in order. If you want to skip the expensive trip to the jeweler and prefer to avoid chemical-filled solutions, here's how to clean gold jewelry at home using simple supplies. A little dishwashing liquid and a soft brush can work wonders to get gold jewelry gleaming once again. Follow these steps to clean your gold jewelry at home, so each bracelet, necklace, and pair of earrings shines.
What You'll Need:
- Mild, clear dishwashing liquid
- Soft-bristle toothbrush
How to Clean Gold Jewelry:
- Soak 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.
- Scrub 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.
- Rinse in warm water: Swish the piece around in a bowl of warm water to remove the soapy residue.
- Blot dry with a soft cloth: Using a soft cloth, dry your jewelry thoroughly, and buff it a little to bring back the shine.
The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Gold Jewelry:
- DON'T scrub too vigorously. Keep in mind that gold is a soft metal that can get scratched easily.
- DO remove your gold jewelry before bathing or showering to avoid a buildup of soap scum.
- DON'T go in a hot tub or pool while wearing gold jewelry. The chlorine and chemicals may discolor the metal.
- DO follow specific guidelines for different gemstones. If your gold jewelry also has precious stones on it, ask your jeweler for specific instructions, or follow our guide to cleaning diamonds.