How to Remove Tarnish From Gold Rings

Updated April 17, 2017

A gold ring does not tarnish; however, it can appear tarnished due to the presence of other metals used in the alloy that was mixed in to preserve the life of the ring. Gold rings can also appear tarnished because of dirt, oil and lotions that accumulate on your hands. You can remove the tarnish from your gold rings by using a few ordinary household supplies. This process is safe for your jewellery and can have your rings looking shiny and new.

Fill a bowl with warm water.

Squeeze two to three drops of dishwashing liquid into the bowl and use your finger to stir the mixture, creating suds. For best results, use plain dishwashing liquid without any added fragrances or other chemicals.

Place your tarnished gold rings in the bowl and allow them to sit in the mixture for approximately 10 minutes.

Scrub the rings gently with your fingers. If the rings still appear tarnished, scrub gently with a cotton swab until you remove all tarnish.

Remove the rings; plug the sink (to protect dropping the ring down the drain); and rinse with warm tap water.

Lay out a soft towel and place the rings on the towel. Allow the rings to air dry.


Gold is a soft metal that scratches easily; do not use an abrasive cleaning tool on the ring or you can damage the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cotton swab
  • Soft towel
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Dustin Thornton has been writing since 2003. He has served as a newspaper columnist for the "Troy Tropolitan" and a contributor to various websites. Thornton received a partial scholarship for an outstanding essay in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Troy University.