HOW TO CLEAN GOLD JEWELRY WITH VINEGAR


If your favorite gold jewelry is looking a little dull and lackluster, fret not! You can make it shine bright like a diamond again with nothing more than some vinegar. It's an easy and inexpensive way to keep your precious jewelry sparkling.

 


THE CLEANING PROGESS:



MATERIALS NEEDED:


  • Vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Small Bowl
  • Soft Toothbrush
  • Dry, Cotton Cloth



STEP ONE: POUR THE VINEGAR SOLUTION INTO A BOWL


When cleaning gold jewelry, the first step is to pour a cup of white vinegar into a small bowl.



STEP TWO: ALLOW THE JEWELRY TO SIT IN THE VINEGAR SOLUTION


Once you place the gold jewelry in a small bowl, allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how dirty it is. This will give the vinegar jewelry cleaner enough time to break up dirt and grime.


If you get sidetracked doing something else, don't be concerned. The white vinegar cleaning solution won't damage your jewelry if it's left in the bowl for more than 20 minutes.



STEP THREE: SCRUB THE JEWELRY WITH A SOFT TOOTHBRUSH


After the jewelry soaks in the vinegar jewelry cleaner for long enough, remove it from the water and brush it with a soft toothbrush. This will remove any dirt or grime that has loosened from the white vinegar solution but remains visible on the jewelry. Use the soft bristles on the toothbrush to scrub hard-to-reach areas, such as between prongs.



STEP FOUR: RINSE THE JEWELRY


After scrubbing the remaining dirt off the jewelry, rinse it in cold or cool water. The water will eliminate any toxic residue left from the vinegar. After rinsing, dry the jewelry with a lint-free cloth. Repeat the cleaning process if there's still visible dirt and grime after cleaning.


SIDENOTE: Do not use vinegar on gold jewelry that has gems or pearls. The acid in the vinegar can damage these delicate stones, leaving your jewelry looking less than its best. If you have gold jewelry with stones and want to give it a good cleaning, use a mild soap and water instead.



FAQ: CLEANING JEWELRY WITH VINEGAR



Q: DOES VINEGAR KILL GERMS?


A: Yes, vinegar kills germs & bacteria. Vinegar is composed of 5% acetic acid, which is why you can use it to kill bacteria. The vinegar's acetic acid kills bacteria and viruses by chemically breaking down their proteins and fats.



Q: CAN I CLEAN MY JEWELRY WITH WHITE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA?


A: Yes, you can clean jewelry by mixing white vinegar and baking soda. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda. Allow your jewelry to soak in the white vinegar and baking soda solution for a few hours. Then, rinse the jewelry with clean water and pat dry with a cotton cloth.



Q: CAN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CLEAN GOLD?


A: Apple cider vinegar is used in a similar way as white vinegar to clean gold. Pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into a cup. Put the gold jewelry in a bowl with apple cider vinegar for approximately 20 minutes. After removing the jewelry, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach places. Rinse gold jewelry with clean water and allow it to air dry on a soft, cotton towel.



Q: CAN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR REPLACE WHITE VINEGAR?


A: Apple cider vinegar is used similarly to white vinegar to clean gold. Pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into a cup. Put the gold jewelry in a bowl with apple cider vinegar for approximately 20 minutes. After removing the jewelry, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach places. Rinse gold jewelry with clean water and allow it to air dry on a soft cotton towel.



Q: IS WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR THE SAME AS WHITE VINEGAR?


A: White vinegar has an acidity percentage of 5 to 20%, making it the strongest type of vinegar. In comparison, distilled white vinegar is 5-8% on the acidity scale – relatively weaker than white or spirit vinegar. Thus, white vinegar is stronger and better for disinfecting.



Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE VINEGAR AND CLEANING VINEGAR?


A: White vinegar has 5 percent acidity, while cleaning vinegar, on the other hand, has 6 percent. Although it's only a one percent difference in acidity, it actually results in cleaning vinegar being 20 percent stronger than white vinegar.


WRAPPING UP


Cleaning gold jewelry with vinegar is a great way to keep your pieces looking pristine and luxurious. It’s an incredibly simple process, plus you won’t need any special cleaning supplies - just some vinegar found in your pantry! With a few minutes of soaking and a bit of gentle scrubbing, you can restore the beauty of your gold jewelry in no time. So, don’t be afraid to take matters into your own hands and give your gold a good cleaning with vinegar! Who knows, you might find it so easy that you make it part of your regular jewelry-care routine.