Tips for Cleaning Gold

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Cleaning gold can be done by gently scrubbing its surface with a toothbrush and mild toothpaste or by soaking it in rubbing alcohol for only 10 minutes, allowing it to air dry completely. Maintain gold jewelry's luster with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to clean gold, and give you a few tips on it. If you have yellow gold or white gold, there's a few different things you can do. If you're just doing a cleaning, you know, you do it maybe once a month, once every couple of months, and it's not too dirty, you can wet a toothbrush. Not the one that you're going to brush your teeth with, but the one that you use....well, have one that's designated to clean your jewelry. A little bit of toothpaste. And, scrub away. This'll shine up your jewelry really nicely. Don't use a toothpaste that has some sort of crystals in it, or anything that's too gritty because gold is a really soft metal. If you have really old gold that maybe you found in the attic, or someone gave you, and you want to clean it up and it's really dirty, what you can do is get rubbing alcohol. Pour it into a cup or something. Drop the gold down in there and leave it in there for no more than ten minutes. Only do that if there's not a stone in the gold that's going to get harmed by the rubbing alcohol. Make sure to look up the stone. I know if it's pearls or turquoise, do not put that in rubbing alcohol. After ten minutes, take the gold out, rinse it off. Don't allow it to fall down the drain when you rinse it off. Put some sort of, you know, something to protect it from falling down the drain, and make sure that it dries completely. Don't use paper towels to dry it. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you clean gold.

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