How to Clean White Gold Jewelry

Updated February 23, 2018

White gold has become more popular as a choice for engagement rings than the traditional gold. With the white gold look comes much responsibility. It requires more cleanings and upkeep than any other type of gold. If you are willing to spend the time, then you can learn how to properly clean your jewellery.

Mix 1 tbsp of Joy dish soap with 1 tbsp of ammonia. Place your white gold jewellery in this mixture for three to five minutes. Rinse off under cold water and dry with a cotton cloth.

Wet a toothbrush and apply a small dab of baking soda toothpaste. Gently rub the toothbrush over the entire piece of jewellery being sure to get in the cracks. Rinse clean with cold water and dry with a cotton cloth.

Spray your white gold jewellery with Windex. Windex is safe for all jewellery types and will get your jewellery sparkling again. Wipe the jewellery dry with a cotton cloth. You don't need to rinse after using Windex unless you want to.

Go to a jeweller twice per year and have them put on a new coating of rhodium. All white gold jewellery is plated with rhodium which wears off over time. Rings wear off much faster than necklaces. Earrings can last a long time without needing a new coating of rhodium. If you don't replace the rhodium, your gold will begin to look more yellow than white.


Buy a jewellery storage bag to use just for your white gold jewellery pieces. Clean your white gold jewellery once per month.


Take your white gold off when you go swimming to protect it. Don't wear your white gold jewellery when you are working with cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Joy dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • Baking soda toothpaste
  • Windex
  • Jeweller
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