|Cleaning Jewelry with Toothpaste|
- Mix a small quantity of toothpaste and water. Squeeze about an inch of toothpaste into a bowl (or your palm!) and mix with a tablespoon or two of water to make a light paste. As a mild abrasive, toothpaste is good for loosening up grime that's accumulated on your favorite pieces of gold jewelry without scratching the jewelry. You can use this method for frequently-worn gold items that need a quick clean or when you don't have access to other cleaning materials (like when you're traveling.)
- Scrub with a (soft-bristled) toothbrush. Use an old, soft-bristled toothbrush and tooth paste to gently scrub off grime. The toothpaste can be applied to a cloth to hand polish an item as well. If you're seeing scratches on your jewelry, it's probably the toothbrush, not the toothpaste - use as soft of brush as possible. Alternatively, simply scrub with undiluted toothpaste. This, however, can be harder to rinse out of small crevices in your jewelry.
- Rinse generously in clean water. Just like when you rinse after brushing your teeth, you should rinse your jewelry to remove any loosened dirt or grime!
General Tips and Warnings in Cleaning Jewelry
- Store your gold jewelry in a way that avoids scratches. Each piece of jewelry should be stored in its own cloth bag.
- Don't use bleach...In fact, don't expose the jewelry to any kind of chlorine, as it can permanently discolor it.
- You can remove stubborn grease from gold jewelry by dipping it into alcohol (unless the gemstones are glued in).
- If you have a gold ring with a diamond or any kind of gemstone, make sure that its prongs are not damaged and the stone is safe from falling out.
- Remember that you can always take your jewelry to a professional.