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Gold jewelry doesn't oxidize like other metals, but it does get dirty. Gold jewelry that is worn day to day is exposed to a number of things that can dull its shine. Body lotions, sweat, perfumes and oils are among many substances that can cause gold to lose its glimmer. Cleaning up gold jewelry is an easy task that can be done in a matter of minutes and restore the jewelry's natural shine in no time.

Squeeze one squirt of mild dish soap into a small bowl of warm water.

Place the gold jewelry in the soapy water and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes.

Scrub the jewelry gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any residual dirt and debris.

Rinse the jewelry in clear warm water and wipe it dry with a soft clean cloth.

Buff the shine back with a polishing cloth.

Tip

Store gold jewelry in acid-free tissue or a chamois cloth.

Warning

Gold scratches easily, so avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.