Good As New: The Guide To Clean Your Gold Jewelry

February 03, 2020 - Jewelry & Luxury Items

Oh my goodness! Look at the state of that bracelet. It really needs a clean.

But what is the best way to clean gold jewelry?

Whether you’re cleaning your jewelry ready to sell, or just return the splendor to your favorite bracelet, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

The Best Methods to Clean Gold Jewelry

Gold is a soft metal. This means that some less gentle cleaning methods can damage your jewelry. Our list below features some of the friendliest cleaning methods, but take care when trying them out to avoid damaging or scratching your precious jewelry.

Boiling Water

Don’t use this method if your gold jewelry has precious gemstones like opal or pearl as exposure to boiling water can crack them. This method should only be used for jewelry made entirely of gold.

Start by boiling a small pot of water. You want just enough to submerge your jewelry in. Once boiled, carefully pour the water into a small dish containing your jewelry.

Wait for the water to cool, remove your jewelry, and scrub it clean with a soft brush. Clean with a soft towel and allow the jewelry to air dry.

Baking Soda and Dish Soap

First, line a small bowl with aluminum foil. Next, add 1 tablespoon of salt, baking soda, and plain dish soap like the Dawn blue soap. It’s important to use plain dish soap, as soaps with unknown ingredients can damage your jewelry.

Next, add 4 tablespoons of hot (not boiling) water. The solution should begin to fizz. This is due to a chemical reaction taking place between the baking soda, salt, and aluminum foil. Add your jewelry into the bowl and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, remove your jewelry and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub it all over. Rinse thoroughly with warm water (you don’t want any of the solution to remain on the jewelry) and clean with a soft towel for maximum effect.


Somewhat unconventional, but nonetheless effective. To start, squeeze some mild, non-whitening toothpaste into a bowl – enough for 2 or 3 days teeth cleaning should be sufficient. Add water and stir to form a thick solution.

Work the solution into the jewelry and scrub gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly with clean water and either allow it to dry naturally or wipe with a soft towel.


The first and only chemical cleaning solution we’re presenting today, ammonia is a powerful alternative to natural soaps. Ammonia can be corrosive, so make sure to wear gloves if you plan on using this method.

Do not use ammonia to clean jewelry with precious stones or platinum as it can damage these more fragile components. Ammonia cleaning should only be used occasionally to clean jewelry as frequent exposure can cause damage.

Add ammonia to water in a ratio of 1 part ammonia to every 6 parts water. then stir gently to mix the solution. Let the jewelry sit in the ammonia solution for no more than 1 minute, then remove and rinse thoroughly under the tap. Make sure you cover the drainage hole to avoid losing jewelry in the sink!

Clean the jewelry thoroughly with a clean rag or polishing cloth and allow it to air dry completely before wearing it.


Perhaps the most unconventional gold jewelry cleaning method on our list, beer can be surprisingly effective at removing unwanted stains. Unlike some of our other solutions, cleaning with beer is suitable for jewelry with precious stones. Ensure you are careful during the cleaning process, however, to avoid loosening the stones.

Fully submerge your jewelry in a small bowl filled with beer. Let the jewelry rest in the solution for at least 5 minutes, then remove it. Gently scrub your jewelry with a toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel.

Clean as a Whistle

There you have it. All the tips you need for clean gold jewelry. Your favorite bracelet or ring will now be in tip-top shape.

If you enjoyed this article, why not check out other great articles on our blog, or find out how you can get the best value on your jewelry today.

David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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