Gold is a metal that does not oxidize easily and not prone to tarnishing.
But it can lose its luster from exposure to dirt and grime.
Dirt builds up on gold makes jewelry look un-kept and can be mistaken to be plated or made of different metal.
And that’s something you really do not want!
The good news is you can easily clean your gold jewelry at home with homemade solutions.
Fast, easy and cheap. The perfect combination we all want.
To keep your gold jewelry clean, use gentle and natural cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar.
There are a number of ways to use vinegar and baking soda in cleaning gold jewelry.
Because these cleaning agents are natural, gentle yet effective in removing grime and dirt, there’s little need to rub or scrub the metal that can cause abrasion and affect the look of the jewelry.
Here are 3 effective ways to use vinegar and baking soda in cleaning your gold jewelry:
Method 1: Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar being natural cleaning materials are used in almost everything, from cleaning bathrooms to keeping the golden shimmer of jewelry.
A word of advice, never use baking soda and vinegar solution on jewelry with pearls, opal or any gemstone.
The delicacy of pearl, and other crystals or gems natural enamel or layer might be corroded by the mixture, and lose their luster. This is mainly used for gold-only pieces.
If you are not sure that of the materials and are afraid to harm your jewelry, consult your jewelry store and never risk your precious belongings. Never proceed unless you are 100% sure of there is no damage risk.
1. In a container, mix 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Mix these ingredients well until they form a paste of toothpaste consistency.
2. This paste can now be applied to the jewelry with a cotton ball or sponge. Cover the whole area or piece of gold. Then put the jewelry in a plastic container or bowl.
3. Pour vinegar, preferably white, distilled vinegar. The jewelry should be completely soaked for five minutes.
4. Rinse off the paste with warm running tap water. Make sure to rinse carefully to remove all the paste, so no residue is left.
5. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. If you are not satisfied with the first cleaning, repeat the whole process again.
Do not use a toothbrush or rub the gold piece vigorously with any cloth when applying the paste. The bristles of the brush or the baking soda particle may scratch the surface of the jewelry.
Do not use this method for jewelry pieces with pearls or other gemstones. The solution may damage the mounted stones.
Method 2: Baking Soda, Dishwashing Soap and Water
A milder, less corrosive and gemstone/pearl friendly method for cleaning gold is baking soda and dishwashing soap solution.
In any case, a good practice is to ask the producer and/or consult the seller or your local jewelry store to make sure it is safe to use this method in your specific case with stones and other materials than gold.
Pearls, gemstones including diamonds are delicate and should be carefully cleaned with a milder solution.
Baking soda and vinegar are powerful but can damage crystals and pearl.
This milder version omits the vinegar and replaces with mild dishwashing liquid.
1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Mix the solution thoroughly. If you think the solution is not enough to submerge your jewelry in, double the ingredients.
2. Place the jewelry pieces into the bowl, soaking them completely. Allow them to immerse for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush, with a small soft cloth or your fingers – thumb and forefinger to remove stubborn dirt and grime.
4. After cleaning the pieces with the solution, wash with running water. Thoroughly rinse to remove the cleaning agent.
5. Completely dry them after rinsing, use a soft cotton cloth. Air dry for half hour then store in a dry container or jewelry box.
Method 3: Baking Soda and Boiling Water
Baking soda and boiling water is another solution that’s milder but still thoroughly clean the gold pieces.
Again, if your gold jewelry has gemstones or other materials please consult the producer or seller for confirmation. Make sure it is safe and only then proceed with the cleaning process.
This method is good for gemstone or pearl mounted jewelry except for glued on gem or pearls. The heat can loosen the glue from the mounted gems.
1. Use a baking pan or bowl – lined with aluminum foil. Make sure that the foil’s shiny surface is facing upward. Baking pan, aluminum frying or saucepan can be used to ensure the gold will be touching the aluminum.
2. Put baking soda on the gold pieces; covering all the pieces until you don’t see the jewelry.
3. Pour boiling water to the baking soda covered gold, use one to two cups of water to completely submerge them. Let them steep into the hot water for 5 minutes.
4. Then rinse the pieces in cold water, either through running cold tap or in a bowl. Make sure no baking soda residue stays on the pieces.
5. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth and air dry for a few minutes before storing.
Use any of these methods to clean gold. Baking soda and vinegar are strong cleaning agents that can clean the dirt and grime off gold to restore its shine and luster.
Let’s repeat the warning one last time, with any method, make sure it will not harm your jewelry. Pay special attention to gemstones.
Apply on e of these methods once every month or whenever your gold pieces start to accumulate dirt.