There are many methods out there can teach you how to clean your gold jewelry. But today we focus on How to Clean Gold Jewelry with Baking Soda and Vinegar. You can do it at home.
Gold is, literally, the standard for magnificent jewelry which is why we all have (or are) that one friend who only wears gold – white, rose or yellow gold. But who can blame us, gold is beautiful, timeless, and it goes with anything and everything.
The only problem is that after wearing gold jewelry pieces for some time, they always get tarnished and lose their luster.
Having gone through my fair share of gold cleaning messes and had a few pieces destroyed in the process, it would be unfair to allow you and the rest of the guys in this gold-loving world to suffer.
And with jewelry making up the largest part of your outfit, you need to make sure that your jewelry pieces look timeless, all the time. By cleaning your jewelry pieces, you also prolong the shelf-life of your jewelry.
In this article, we go through everything you need to know about cleaning gold jewelry using household items. Dirt and grime accumulate in the deepest carvings and crevices, meaning that you need to find ways of cleaning the deep-seated dirt if you want to keep your pieces shiny. You don’t want your gold ring to look gold-plated.
Baking soda and vinegar are two household items with the most uses, and the interesting bit is that you can use these two chemicals to clean just about everything.
Besides the versatility of these cleaning solutions, they are fast, cheap, easy, and safe to use. Also, both baking soda and vinegar are gentle and natural; meaning you won’t need to rub and scrub the jewelry pieces too much or even worry about abrasion.
So, how do you clean gold jewelry with vinegar and baking soda?
Method 1 – Using Baking Soda & Vinegar
As noted above, both baking soda and vinegar are great cleaning products which you could use to clean any products.
However, you need to keep in mind that you should only use these cleaning products on gold jewelry that is not embellished. If your ring has gemstone, opal, or pearls as embellishments, you shouldn’t clean it with either baking soda or jewelry; especially if you will be dipping the ring in the cleaning solution.
Taking caution is essential when dealing with delicate pearls, gems or crystals because baking soda or vinegar could corrode the piece’s natural protective layer or enamel, and if this happens, then that piece of jewelry loses its beautiful natural luster.
Therefore, you might want to use this cleaning method for a gold-only piece.
Mix one parts water with 3 parts baking soda, and then mix these two ingredients until you obtain a toothpaste-like consistent paste.
Using a cotton ball or a cleaning sponge, apply the paste on your gold jewelry, making sure that you cover the entire jewelry piece. Once lathered in the baking soda paste, place this jewelry in a bowl or a small plastic container.
Next, take your stilled (preferably white) vinegar and pour it into the bowl with the jewelry, making sure that the piece is completely covered by vinegar. Allow this to sit for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove the jewelry piece from the vinegar-baking soda mixture and then rinse off the piece by running it under warm water. Take your time rinsing the piece and ensure that there is no residual paste.
Once you’ve cleaned the gold jewelry piece, pat it dry using a soft cloth.
But if after drying it you are still dissatisfied by the results; you should repeat the steps above.
Note that you should not use a toothbrush or any other rough thing to clean your gold piece. And if you have to rub it, be gentle.
And to reiterate the cautionary measure noted above, you should not follow this method if you are dealing with pearls or gemstones, and basically any other type of embellishments.