How to Clean Gold Jewelry
Gold does not tarnish like other metals, but over time, everyday dirt, grime, and accumulated oil from your skin can cause gold jewelry to lose its shine, causing it to look dingy and less lustrous.
Many do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaners contain slightly abrasive ingredients, such baking soda, or harsh soaps and detergents. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is non-abrasive and non-corrosive so it will safely restore the shine to precious rings, bracelets, necklaces and other gold jewelry.
- Wet: Run your gold jewelry under clean water. Wetting the pieces first will ensure the Simple Green can better penetrate the soils. Be sure to avoid boiling or hot water, especially if your jewelry contains fragile precious stones. Drastic temperature changes can cause stones to crack more easily. It can also cause metal to expand, loosening settings.
TIP: When you're rinsing your jewelry, use a kitchen strainer to make sure you don't accidentally drop any pieces down the drain.
- Soak: Pour full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into a cup or jar and allow jewelry to soak for about 10 minutes.
- Scrub: If necessary, gently scrub to remove any dirt with a soft bristled toothbrush or damp cloth. It's important for the toothbrush bristles to be as soft as possible so they won't scratch the gold.
- Rinse with clean water: Run the jewelry under clean, warm water.
- Pat dry: Dry each piece of jewelry completely with a soft cloth. Hard-to-reach crevices can be dried using a cool setting on a hair dryer.
TIP: When you're finished soaking and scrubbing, pour the used Simple Green in the sink. You can use it to quickly wipe down your sink and help deodorize your drain.
Do not use Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner or any other degreaser to clean pearls, opals or emeralds. A degreaser can remove the oils with which these gems are treated, removing their luster and causing damage. We also do not recommend cleaning costume jewelry, gold-plated or gold-filled jewelry – these should be cleaned only with warm water.