HOW TO CLEAN GOLD JEWELRY WITH VINEGAR



Looking to clean your gold jewelry without harsh chemicals? Vinegar is a natural and effective way to clean gold jewelry without damaging the metal.


Here's how to do it:



THE CLEANING PROGESS:



MATERIALS NEEDED:


  • Vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Vinegar
  • 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 provide the vinegar jewelry cleaner with enough time to break up the 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 remainder of the dirt off of the jewelry, rinse it in cold or cool water. The water will get rid of any toxic residue left from the white vinegar. After rinsing, dry the jewelry with a lint-free cloth. If there's still visible dirt and grime after cleaning, repeat the cleaning process.



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 it can be used to kill bacteria. The acetic acid in vinegar kills off bacteria and viruses by chemically breaking down their proteins and fats.



Q: DOES VINEGAR HURT GOLD?


A: Because pure gold is a stable element that does not react with oxygen, it is unaffected by a white vinegar cleaning solution. This means gold will not change color, become crystalized, or break down. However, because vinegar is an acid, it can dissolve dirt, grime, and build-up on your jewelry.




Q: DOES VINEGAR RUIN JEWELRY?


A: Cleaning jewelry with vinegar can damage your jewelry; therefore, use extreme caution. The acidity of white vinegar varies depending on the type. White distilled vinegar, usually the best suited for household cleaning, has a Ph level of 2.5 out of 14. Although mild, the acidity of white vinegar is harmful to delicate or permeable stones, gold-plated or silver-plated jewelry, or other sensitive materials.




Q: DOES VINEGAR DAMAGE GOLD PLATING?


A: We suggest not to use harsh substances such as lemon, vinegar, salt, parmesan, and cola on both silver and gold plated jewelry because they tend to corrode jewelry surfaces.


The chemicals and acidic properties can cause the metal to pit and corrode. If you must clean gold plated jewelry, use a very mild solution of soapy water and rinse with clear water afterward.




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. For a few hours, allow your jewelry to soak in the white vinegar and baking soda solution. Then, rinse the jewelry with clean water and pat dry with a cotton cloth.




Q: CAN APPLE CIDAR 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 CIDAR VINEGAR REPLACE WHITE VINEGAR?


A: No, white vinegar jewelry cleaner is still a better cleaning solution due to its higher acidity levels. Removing rust with white vinegar is way more potent.




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


A: White vinegar has an acidity percentage of between 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 jewelry cleaner 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


We hope you enjoyed learning about how to clean gold jewelry with vinegar. As we mentioned, it is important to use caution when cleaning gold jewelry with vinegar, as acidity can damage some types of jewelry. However, if done correctly, cleaning gold jewelry with vinegar can be an effective way to clean your jewelry and keep it looking its best. Thanks for reading!