How to Clean Gold Jewelry with Toothpaste

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Gold jewelry is a beautiful addition to any outfit. But over time, gold can become dull and dirty. If you want to clean your gold but want to keep it safe from harsh chemicals, toothpaste is a great option.

This article will teach you how to clean gold jewelry with toothpaste so that your pieces look as good as the day you bought them.

Let’s go.

What You’ll Need:

  • White toothpaste
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Bowl
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Towel or microfiber cloth


  1. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto your jewelry.
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to polish the jewelry, paying particular attention to nooks and crannies where dust and grime can accumulate.
  3. Rinse the jewelry with warm water to remove all traces of toothpaste.
  4. Finally, dry with a microfiber cloth or towel.

Tips Before You Get Started

  • Gold is a soft metal and can easily scratch, so always use a very soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Try using basic whitening toothpaste. Whitening agents are usually made with small amounts of peroxide, which is great for helping lift stains and make your gold jewelry look new again. But don’t feel like you need to purchase a brand new tube of whitening toothpaste; an older tube will work just fine!
  • Don’t use gel kinds of toothpaste: they won’t be as effective at cleaning your gold jewelry.
  • For really stubborn spots, try using a soft bristle brush designed for cleaning dentures or baby bottles.

How Often Should I Clean My Gold Jewelry?

This will depend on how often you wear your gold jewelry. If you have a delicate necklace that you only wear for special occasions, once a year is probably fine. If you wear rings and bracelets every day, at least monthly cleanings are recommended.

Also, keep in mind that toothpaste can be abrasive if used too aggressively on gemstones—so make sure that any piece of jewelry with stones is thoroughly rinsed and dried when finished cleaning it.

Things to Watch Out For

Know that gold is a soft metal, so there’s the chance you could accidentally scrape or abrade your stone. 

This method should work for most rings and jewelry with stones, but if you have a very delicate setting it might not be worth taking the risk of damaging your jewelry.

Similarly, don’t use toothpaste on gold-plated jewelry or pieces with pearls. Toothpaste’s abrasiveness may scratch these items and/or wear away at their surfaces.

Finally, avoid using toothpaste to clean opal jewelry as it can cause irreparable damage to the iridescent stone.

Other Items For Cleaning Gold

If you don’t have any toothpaste handy and want to clean your gold jewelry anyway, you can use the following items:

  • Ammonia and Water
  • Baking Soda and Dish Soap
  • Ketchup! (No, Really)
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture
  • Rubbing Alcohol


There you have it! You learned how to clean your gold jewelry with toothpaste. Now you know that when your wedding ring starts losing its luster, a bit of toothpaste is all you need to get it shining like new again.

That’s great news for anyone who enjoys the appearance of their gold accessories and knows that they can’t always be replaced with something else. 

Just make sure that if you do use toothpaste on your jewelry, don’t leave it there for too long or use too much—a little goes a long way!

Want to learn more? Check out my article on how to clean silver jewelry with toothpaste if you have time.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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