Cleaning your Gold
- Mix mild dish detergent with warm water. Squirt a few drops of liquid dish detergent into a small bowl full of warm water and swirl the water to mix it. Then with a clean piece of cloth clean your jewellery.
- Soak your jewellery. You can leave your jewellery in the soap mixture for up to three hours. You can’t over-clean gold with this mixture, so don’t worry about leaving it in too long. If your jewellery isn’t that dirty, you can leave it in for ten to fifteen minutes.
NOTE: If your jewellery has stones, don’t soak it. Instead, mix the cleaning mixture and then dip a soft cloth into it. Then use the cloth to carefully wipe down your jewellery.
- Rub your jewellery one piece at a time. This helps you avoid scratching any of your other jewellery while you’re cleaning it. Dip the piece of jewellery in the soapy water, and then gently rub it with your fingers (you can also use a cotton swab).
NOTE: If you have a very heavily ornamented piece with many cracks and crevices, or if your jewellery is very tarnished, you can use a soft-bristled child's toothbrush. Be very gentle when using such a brush.
- Rinse your gold jewellery in warm water. The water should run clear when you are finished.
- Dry your jewellery with a soft cloth. You don’t want to put your jewellery away wet. Use a soft cloth to gently rub the jewellery until it is dry. You can also leave the jewellery out to air dry, usually overnight.
- Clean your jewellery every few months. Every three months or so, give all of your gold jewellery a good, deep clean. Let your jewellery soak in the cleaning solution for three hours before you clean each piece.
NOTE: Don't perform this type of clean on your jewellery more than a few times a year. Over cleaning gold jewellery can cause the metal to break down, which can ruin your jewellery.