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How to Clean Gold Jewelry

Your gold jewelry, whether it's a family heirloom or a stylish modern piece, should be cleaned periodically. Gold has a gorgeous sheen that can get dirty from daily wear. Have no fear. With a few jewelry cleanings a year, you can keep your collection looking shiny and free of tarnishes.

What you'll need

  • Toothpaste
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Soft towel

Step 1: Squeeze about a Dime-Sized Amount of Toothpaste in a Bowl

You don't need a lot of toothpaste in the bowl. Just add enough to coat your jewelry.


Step 2: Mix the Toothpaste with a Little Bit of Water

Work in the water with your fingers, or mix it with a toothbrush until it mixes together into a thin paste.


Step 3: Dip Your Toothbrush in It and Gently Scrub Jewelry

Go around the surfaces and details of your piece of jewelry. Make sure to get in between all the tiny spaces so that it's completely cleaned. 


Step 4: Rinse Off the Toothpaste

Make sure to remove all the toothpaste completely so that it doesn't leave a sticky residue.


Step 5: Towel Dry Your Jewelry

Once your jewelry is all cleaned, dry it off. Use this method every few months so your jewelry always looks sparkling new.