How Can I Clean Tarnished Gold?
Clean tarnish from your pure gold jewelry by immersing the jewelry in warm water with a couple of drops of dish soap and rubbing gently with your fingers or a washcloth. Do not use this method for gold jewelry that incorporates crystals, gems or pearls. Cleaning your jewelry will take a few minutes, but allow the pieces to air dry overnight for best results.
- Immerse gold jewelry in soapy water
Add a couple of drops of gentle, non-phosphate dish soap to warm water. Immerse your pure gold jewelry into the soapy water.
- Rub off the tarnish
Use your fingers or a cotton cloth to gently rub the tarnish off of your gold jewelry. Clean difficult-to-remove tarnish with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Rinse off the soap
Rinse the soap from your gold jewelry using clean, warm water. Do not leave any soap residue on the jewelry.
- Dry the jewelry
Dry your gold jewelry with a clean cotton cloth. To avoid rapid tarnishing, let your jewelry air dry overnight before putting it away.
- Polish to a shine
After it is dry, polish your gold jewelry with a clean cotton cloth to bring back its shine. Wipe the jewelry in straight lines of varying lengths, not circles, to give it a pristine finish.