Gold is a precious metal that is often plated onto other metals to make them more durable or to add color. Over time, the gold can become tarnished, which can reduce its value.
Tarnished jewelry can be a real headache. The metal may look shiny and new, but the oxidation process will start to take place. This will cause the metal to become discolored, brittle, and even unsafe to wear.
If you have tarnished gold jewelry that you want to restore, there are a few things that you can do. You can use a cleaner to remove the tarnish, or if that doesn’t work, you may use the aluminum foil and baking soda method.
- Cleaning Tarnished Gold using Baking Soda
- Step 1: Get Your Ingredients and supplies ready.
- Step 2: Make Sure the hot water is hot before beginning because lukewarm water will not be as effective.
- Step 3: Line the prex bowl with aluminum foil
- Step 4: Place the baking soda, salt, and jewelry into the bowl
- Step 5: Pour the hot water into the bowl, be careful as the baking soda will gush up
- Step 6: Pour vinegar on top. Once again be careful as the mixture will gush up.
- Step 7: Move the jewelry around using a spoon to make sure the solution is covering the hard-to-reach places.
- The Results
- Other Methods To Clean Gold Plate Jewelry
Cleaning Tarnished Gold using Baking Soda
Step 1: Get Your Ingredients and supplies ready.
- Baking Soda
- Aluminum Foil
- Hot Water
- Pyrex or another bowl that can withstand hot water
Step 3: Line the prex bowl with aluminum foil
Step 4: Place the baking soda, salt, and jewelry into the bowl
Step 5: Pour the hot water into the bowl, be careful as the baking soda will gush up
Step 6: Pour vinegar on top. Once again be careful as the mixture will gush up.
Other Methods To Clean Gold Plate Jewelry
Cleaning Using A Cloth
Use a quality jewelry polish cleaning cloth that will remove dirt and tarnish as well as give the pieces their shine back. Be sure to be gentle when polishing the jewelry by wiping instead of scrubbing.
Cleaning gold plate jewelry with toothpaste
1. Wet your toothbrush and add a small amount of toothpaste to it.
2. Apply the toothpaste to the gold plate jewelry and scrub it gently with circular motions.
3. Rinse the jewelry off with water and dry it off.
Cleaning gold plated jewelry with alcohol
1. Remove any tarnish or rust off the jewelry with a soft cloth and a mild cleaner.
2. Pour alcohol onto a cotton ball and apply to the jewelry, rubbing gently until all the tarnish is removed.
3. Let the jewelry dry completely before storing in it a safe place.
The Extreme Solution
Tarnished gold can also be cleaned with ammonia. Ammonia should be diluted with water until it forms a paste, then applied to the tarnished area. Be sure to cover any surrounding areas with plastic wrap to avoid inhalation of the ammonia fumes.
How To Prevent Jewelry from becoming tarnished
Prevention is the best way to keep jewelry looking its best. Follow these simple steps to keep your jewelry shining:
1. Keep your jewelry clean. Cleaning tarnished gold will remove any built-up dirt and oils, keeping it looking shiny and new. Wipe down your pieces with a soft cloth every time you wear them, or use a polishing cloth if needed.
2. Avoid contact with chemicals and other harsh substances. Chemicals can damage the metal in your jewelry, causing it to tarnish faster.
Don’t put your jewels in the dishwasher, for example – hand-wash them instead! Also, avoid using harsh cleaning products on non-metal surfaces like sterling silver – they can etch the surface.
3. Store your jewels properly. If you’re not going to be wearing your jewelry for a while, store it in an airtight container or wrapped in a soft cloth to prevent it from getting dusty or dirty again.
Proper Way To Store Jewelry
When jewelry is not being worn, it should be stored in a safe place. Some tips for storing jewelry include:
-Make sure that the jewelry is properly cleaned before storage. Dirty pieces of jewelry can tarnish quickly.
-Use acid-free boxes or bags to store jewelry. Tarnish can be removed with a mild acid, but the damage may occur if the acid is too strong.
-Keeping rings separate from other pieces of jewelry. Rings are more delicate and can easily become scratched if they are stored with other pieces of metal jewelry.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nancy do it, no judgment here) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.