Do you have gold jewelry that has seen better days? It needs a little something-something to make it shiny and clean again. You can clean your gold jewelry at home using a fairly straightforward cleaning method and some common cleaners around your home.
We’ve got the ultimate guide on how to clean your gold jewelry from home and give a few tips on getting your jewelry to shine. To avoid a costly cleaning bill from a jeweler, you’ll want to try one of the cleaning solutions below.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry from Home
To clean gold jewelry at home, the process is pretty basic. You’ll want to:
- Choose a cleaning solution. Each cleaning solution will have a slightly varied method for cleaning your gold jewelry.
- Apply the cleaning solution based on the preferred method for the solution. This may mean soaking your jewelry in the solution, spot cleaning with a sponge or toothbrush, or wiping with a soft cloth.
- Rinse your gold jewelry to remove the cleaning solution. After cleaning, you’ll want to give your jewelry a thorough rinse to remove any residue from the cleaner. Then pat the jewelry piece dry with a soft towel or paper towel.
- Buff the metal after the jewelry has dried for extra shine. This isn’t a necessary step, but if you like your gold to shine, then it’s essential.
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A Few Don’ts Before You Start Cleaning
Before we tell you what DIY cleaning solutions you can use to spit-shine your gold jewelry, we need to cover some absolute NO NOs. Do not skip this section. We don’t want you to damage or destroy your jewelry while trying to clean it.
A Few Don’ts You Shouldn’t Mess With:
- Don’t use boiling water or baking soda when cleaning gold jewelry with gems or diamonds. Boiling can cause the stones to come loose from their settings.
- Don’t use vinegar if you’re not 100% sure that your jewelry is real gold. If your jewelry is gold-plated, then the vinegar can discolor the metal.
- Don’t use dark ale beer if using beer as a cleaner.
- Don’t clean gemstones with household cleaners because they can be porous and could damage. Household cleaners CAN clean diamonds, sapphires, and rubies safely without damaging the stones.
What Liquid Cleans Gold Jewelry?
You can safely use any of the following cleaning solutions to sparkle your authentic gold jewelry. If your jewelry is gold-plated, you may want to stick to solutions that won’t discolor or tarnish the metal. The best at-home cleaning solutions for gold:
- Jewelry cleaner: It’s actually designed specifically for cleaning jewelry without tarnishing or discoloring the metal. You’ll have to pay for it, but it’s a sure thing. Follow the cleaning instructions on the bottle.
- Liquid soap: Your liquid dish soap mixed with warm water is a safe solution for gold and gold-plated. You’ll want to soak the jewelry in the warm soapy solution for about 20 minutes and then scrub with a soft brush like a toothbrush.
- Vinegar: Only use with real gold jewelry. You can use either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. You’ll want to fill a cup with enough vinegar to submerge the jewelry. Do not dilute with water. Soak the jewelry in the vinegar for ten to fifteen minutes. If you are worried about your gemstones reacting to the vinegar, you can soak a soft cloth and gently scrub the jewelry instead. Then scrub with a toothbrush to remove any additional dirt.
- Baking Soda: Mix a ¼ cup baking soda with 2 Tbls of water to form a paste. Dab a sponge in the paste and scrub your jewelry gently.
- Beer: Using a soft cloth, you can dab it in the beer and gently rub the gold jewelry.
- Be careful not to rub gems or diamonds. Use a second towel to dry the jewelry when done.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Gold Jewelry
We answer your most pressing questions. If you have a question that isn’t in this section, leave it in the comments, and we’ll try to answer it.
Can You Use Vinegar to Clean Gold Jewelry?
Yes. Because gold is a stable metal, vinegar does not cause discoloration, disintegration, or developing crystals on real gold jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry is another story. You’ll want to avoid vinegar because it can tarnish and discolor jewelry that has other metals.
What is the Best Homemade Gold Cleaner?
This is a bit debatable. But we would have to say using Dawn dish soap mixed with warm water is probably the best because it can clean your gold jewelry and your gold-plated jewelry without damaging or discoloring.
While some cleaners may do a better job with real gold, if you don’t know if your jewelry is authentic gold, you could accidentally damage your pieces. Dawn is a fairly safe and gentle cleanser. And most homes have Dawn dish soap under their kitchen sink, so it’s very easy to use.
How Often Should You Clean Gold Jewelry?
According to Brides magazine, their experts recommend cleaning your jewelry every couple of weeks, but polishing should be done every few months because it can wear on the metal.
Cleaning Your Gold Jewelry At Home is a Good Idea
By cleaning your gold jewelry at home, you’ll save time, money and keep your jewelry looking sparkly and clean. And the best part is that it doesn’t take that long to clean your jewelry, making something you can add to your monthly cleaning routine.
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