How to Clean Gold Jewelry at Home with Home Products

Gold is a precious metal used to make jewellery. Since gold does not tarnish – like other metals, copper, silver etc – your piece of gold jewellery should last a lifetime if properly cared for. Over time, hand lotions, hairstyling products, inevitable perspiration and everyday grime can all leave residue on your gold jewellery that makes it dull and lacklustre in appearance. But the good news is that keeping your gold jewellery clean is quite simple as compared to copper and diamond jewellery. It can easily and efficiently be done at home, using a few household items that are already in your pantry.

However, always be careful when using a cleaner on a stone-embedded jewellery. Some stones and settings are very delicate and application of a harsh cleaner may damage the gemstones, making them dull and less shiny. Always use chemicals that are alkaline in nature, like dishwashing liquid, Ammonia, and Isopropyl Alcohol, while stay away from household items that are acidic, like vinegar, lemon or ketchup.

Things Required:

– Dishwashing liquid
– Ammonia
– Water
– Soft-bristled toothbrush
– Toothpick

Instructions

  • 1

    Dish Washing Liquid

    Add a few drops of a mild dish washing detergent to two cups of warm water in a medium sized glass bowl. Mix it thoroughly to make a soapy solution. Place your jewellery piece into the solution and let it remain undisturbed for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the jewellery item from the soap solution and rub it gently with a lint-free cloth until it shines. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean hard to reach places. Rinse off the jewellery and wash it thoroughly with tap water. Pat it dry with a soft cloth.

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  • 2

    Ammonia

    In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix one part of ammonia and six parts of water. Soak your jewellery in this solution for less than a minute (almost 30 seconds). Remove it and gently scrub with an old soft-bristled tooth brush until all the grime has been completely removed. Dry it with a soft polishing cloth.

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