Whether pure or an alloy, gold bracelets aren't prone to tarnishing; but are still susceptible to dirt, grime and grease. It's possible to clean even the most expensive piece of gold jewelry at home, including a bracelet featuring gemstone settings. Improper cleaning, however, can lead to scratches and irreparable damage. Restore your gold bracelet's appearance, prevent damage and remove any encrusted grease through proper cleaning.
Mix together 1 teaspoon of non-phosphate dish detergent and 2 cups of warm water in a bowl. Agitate the water to incorporate the detergent. Check for “phosphate free” on the detergent's label.
Soak the gold bracelet in the soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the bracelet from the soapy mixture and dampen a soft-bristled toothbrush with the water. Soaking helps loosen the encrusted grease.
Scrub the encrusted grease gently with the soft-bristled toothbrush. Continue to scrub until all the grease is eliminated.
Rinse the gold bracelet under a lukewarm tap until the water runs clear. Gently rub the bracelet with a cotton washcloth to remove any excess water.
Lay the bracelet on a dry cotton cloth and allow it to air dry completely. Once dry, place the gold bracelet alone in a jewelry box compartment or store in a plastic baggie. Prevent scratches by storing the gold bracelet by itself.
If the gold bracelet features a gemstone setting, skip soaking to prevent loosening the stone or damaging the setting.