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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Rinse off the soap

    Rinse the soap from your gold jewelry using clean, warm water. Do not leave any soap residue on the jewelry.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.