How Do I Clean Gold-Plated Jewelry?

To clean gold-plated jewelry, brush it with an old toothbrush dipped in baking soda, spray tarnished areas with WD-40 and buff the jewelry with a cotton cloth. This 10-minute procedure requires baking soda, water, a toothbrush, a small bowl, a dry towel, WD-40 and a soft cloth.

  1. Mix the baking soda paste

    Put several tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl, and add enough warm water to make a thick paste. Stir the mixture with an old toothbrush.

  2. Brush the jewelry

    Dip the toothbrush into the baking soda paste, and rub it over the jewelry. If the bristles turn gray, rinse the brush, and then resume scrubbing. Rinse the jewelry with warm running water, brushing it as you hold it beneath the tap. This is the best way to remove the baking soda from intricate pieces.

  3. Spray tarnished areas with WD-40

    Spray tarnished areas with WD-40, and let the product sit on the jewelry for one minute. Then rub the tarnished spots with your finger. After the tarnish disappears, rinse the jewelry in warm running water.

  4. Polish the jewelry

    Pat the jewelry with a dry towel, then buff it to a high shine with a cotton cloth. Polish it until it is free of moisture, water spots and dull patches. Return the jewelry to its storage container.