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How to Polish Gold at Home

Melynda Sorrels

Gold is one of the purest metals on earth, making it useful in many ways, from dentistry to jewelry. It is impervious to rust and is one of the most-sought after precious metals in the world. Proper care of gold is imperative to keeping it shiny and beautiful.

Polish Gold at Home

It takes minimal time and effort to polish gold and the rewards speak for themselves.

  1. Use a jeweler's cloth to gently wipe the gold free of any dirt, debris or tarnish.

  2. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a pot of boiling water and drop the gold in for 30 seconds. Take the gold item out and wipe it with a soft clean cloth or jeweler's cloth.

  3. Coat the item with white toothpaste and gently work it in with a soft bristle brush or toothbrush. Use a soft clean cloth to buff the shine back.

  4. Add two teaspoons of a mild dish soap to a quart of warm water and dip a toothbrush into it. Use the toothbrush to clean away any dirt or buildup on the gold and use a jeweler's cloth to polish.

  5. Make a solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Soak the gold in the solution for up to a minute. Dry the gold with a soft clean cloth and buff to shine.

  6. Warning

    Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that may damage the gold.