- Soak your gold item in washing-up liquid and warm water.
- With a toothbrush, gently brush away any dirt.
- Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
You can use a variety of household products to clean and polish gold but be careful – the wrong cleaning technique can damage your valuable and delicate items. Test any cleaning technique before use and gradually increase the concentration of the solution and the cleaning time if your first attempt doesn't work.
A gentle solution for clean gold is washing-up liquid and warm water:
Gold rings and earrings are slightly trickier to clean than gold chains as this piece of jewelry often features other precious items, such as diamonds, pearls, emeralds and any other precious or semi-precious stones.
If your ring or earrings contain pearls, it’s better to send them to a professional cleaner, as pearls are especially fragile. It’s also worth considering how old your golden piece of jewelry is. The older the gold, the purer it is, which means the softer it will be. If you have an antique gold ring, then avoid subjecting it to high temperatures or applied pressure as this could deform it.
If you need to be extra gentle, try using cotton buds instead of a toothbrush.
Have a look at these gold jewelry cleaning tips which use white vinegar and toothpaste:
Now you know the best ways of cleaning gold at home, keep reading for more advice on how to clean other metals.