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Video:How to Clean Gold

with Nick Morgan

Learn how to clean gold as easily as possible by following these instructions. Here, see step-by-step directions for how to clean.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean Gold

Hi I'm Nick Jaynes for About.com and this is how to clean gold jewelry.

Solutions That Clean Gold Jewelry

There are many gold cleaning solutions that are designed specifically for cleaning gold jewelry but you can mix up solutions in your home that work just as well and are way cheaper. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dish Soup Mixture to Clean Gold

The first is a dish soap mixture. Put a few drops of dishwashing soap into a medium sized bowl with soda water. The carbonation really helps with the cleaning process. But if you don’t have access to carbonated water warm water will work, just not as well. Let the jewelry soak in the solution for 15 minutes. Remove the jewelry and scrub with a soft bristle toothbrush. It is essential that the bristles be soft as hard bristles can damage the metal.Once you’ve sufficiently scrubbed the item, rinse it under warm, running water. Lastly, blot the jewelry dry with a soft cloth.

Ammonia Solution to Clean Gold

Another method that has proven quite effective is a water and ammonia solution. Mix together one part ammonia with six parts warm water. Do not soak the items for longer than one minute as the solution can damage the finish. Rinse the items under warm, running water and blot dry with a soft polishing cloth.

Another Method to Clean Gold

Now for items with gemstones, you'll want to use another method as these other solutions can damage the gems.Take a clean cloth and dab it into the dish soap solution and wipe the pieces down. Cleanse the items with a clean cloth dampened with tap water.Then lay the pieces to dry upside down so that water does not soak into the setting.

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