How to clean gold? Let your gold shine again with these tips

Gold jewellery stays beautiful for longer by cleaning it regularly. If you polish gold, your jewellery, such as rings, bracelets, chains, and earrings, maintain their original shine. In this article, we share tips for cleaning your gold and for keeping it clean.

Maintain your jewellery


Dirt and damage mean that gold jewellery can lose its shine over time. Sometimes, a black layer is formed on the gold. This black layer is caused by sulphur from the air. Gold is a precious metal, be extra careful with cleaning your jewellery.

Cleaning gold: 3 tips

Cleaning gold jewellery is easy with the following tips. After that it's just a question of maintenance. Various tips are shared on the internet. HG selected a number of tips you can use to polish gold. The tips are suitable for gold jewellery without diamonds, precious stones or pearls. Cleaning alone does not restore the shine, you need HG gold shine balsam or HG gold & jewellery shine cloth.

how to clean gold1. Soft household soap

You can clean gold jewellery with soft household soap in 5 steps: 

  1. Mix some soft household soap and lukewarm water. 
  2. Put the item of jewellery in the water and brush it carefully with a soft toothbrush.
  3. Put the item of jewellery in a colander and rinse with lukewarm running water.  
  4. Dry the gold jewellery properly with a soft cloth.
  5. Polish the gold jewellery with a prepared gold cloth. 

2. Washing-up liquid

Cleaning gold jewellery with washing-up liquid has many mentions on the internet. It is said that washing-up liquid is a suitable product for gold jewellery with diamonds. A diamond can become dull over time due to skin grease, soap and cream. This is how you clean your gold jewellery with diamonds in 4 steps:  

  1. Mix some washing-up liquid and warm water.
  2. Put the item of jewellery in the water and brush it carefully with a soft toothbrush.
  3. Put the item of jewellery in a colander and rinse with lukewarm running water. 
  4. Leave the jewellery to dry properly by dabbing it with a soft, lint-free cloth.  

3. Effervescent tablet

An effervescent cleaning tablet for dentures makes the diamonds of a gold ring shine again. This is how you clean gold with an effervescent tablet:

  1. Fill a glass with water and add one effervescent tablet. 
  2. Put the gold in the water for 5 minutes. 
  3. Check the item of jewellery from time to time. 
  4. Remove the gold from the water. 
  5. Put the item of gold jewellery in a fine sieve and rinse. 
  6. Polish the gold gently with a soft, lint-free cloth. 

Gold is a precious metal, be extra careful with cleaning your jewellery with the above-mentioned tips. An effective gold polish to remove scratches? Try HG gold shine balsam. Regular cleaning of your gold is done with the HG gold & jewellery shine cloth.

Let your gold sparkle with HG

cleaning goldCleaning alone does not restore the shine, you need HG gold shine balsam or HG gold & jewellery shine cloth. The balm makes gold and gilt look like new. It removes scratches on gold jewellery, and objects and ensures they shine again. This polish for gold is also suitable for gold-plated objects. The gold shine balsam is unique, because it has cleaning and shine-restoring components. 

This is how you polish gold with HG gold shine balsam: 

  1. Shake the bottle well before use. 
  2. Apply a small amount of HG gold shine balsam to a soft, clean (supplied) polishing cloth. 
  3. Gently rub the gold object.
  4. Polish the gold polish with a clean cloth until you get a shine. Use a clean piece of cloth.

For regular gold polishing, you use the HG gold & jewellery shine cloth. The shine cloth is ideal for removing minor deposits from gold jewellery quickly and easily and giving it a wonderfully polished shine. Our gold polishing cloth makes polishing gold and jewellery easy!

How do you use HG gold & jewellery shine cloth:

  1. Buff up the object with the HG gold & jewellery shine cloth until it shines.
  2. Is the dirt persistent? Moisten a tip of the cloth. This makes it easy to remove the deposit on gold jewellery.
  3. The gold polishing cloth is reusable and will retain its polishing power until it is completely worn.
    • Do you have silver and gold jewellery? You could also use the HG jewellery cleaning bath.

2 tips for keeping gold shiny clean

Enjoy clean gold jewellery for as long as possible with the tips below.

1. Take off your jewellery during certain jobs at home or at work

Do not wear gold jewellery during cleaning, washing up, showering, or gardening. Rough work can produce unnecessary discolouring or scratches on your gold jewellery. 

2. Store jewellery  separately

Store gold jewellery that you wear rarely or not at all in separate places. Wrap your jewellery in tissue paper and put each item in a separate compartment of a jewellery box. This is how you prevent the gold jewellery becoming scratched or discoloured unnecessarily.

Frequently Asked Questions about how to clean gold

Why should I clean gold?

Dirt and damage mean that gold jewellery can lose its shine over time. Sometimes, a black layer is formed on the gold. This black layer is caused by sulphur from the air. Gold is a precious metal, be extra careful with cleaning your jewellery.

How do I clean gold?

You can clean gold with soft household soap, washing-up liquid, effervescent tablets for dentures, HG gold shine balsam or HG jewellery cleaning bath.

Which HG product do I use to clean gold rings?

Cleaning alone does not restore the shine, you need HG gold shine balsam. The balm makes gold and gilt look like new. It removes scratches on gold jewellery and objects and ensures they shine again; it is also suitable for gold-plated objects. 

Do you wish to polish gold regularly? In that case we recommend the HG gold & jewellery shine cloth.

Do you have silver and gold jewellery? You could also use the HG jewellery cleaning bath.    

How do I keep my gold shiny clean?

Use the 2 tips below to enjoy clean gold jewellery as long as possible.

1. Take off your jewellery during certain jobs at home or at work

Do not wear gold jewellery during cleaning, washing up, showering or gardening. Rough work can produce unnecessary discolouring or scratches on your gold jewellery. 

2. Store jewellery separately

Store gold jewellery that you wear rarely or not at all in separate places. Wrap your jewellery in tissue paper and put each item in a separate compartment of a jewellery box. This is how you prevent the gold jewellery becoming scratched or discoloured unnecessarily.


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