Can I use vinegar to clean gold?

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Can I use vinegar to clean gold?

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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:29:46+00:00 2 Answers 2 views 0

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    2022-07-08T07:51:53+00:00

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    The first thing you can be sure of is that pure gold is the most stable and least reactive of all the elements, and it will never tarnish. 24K gold has a 99.9% pure gold content, but unfortunately for the durability of the jewelry, jewelers usually add some base metals such as copper, zinc, nickel, palladium, and silver. Unlike gold. These base metals usually react readily to oxidation, and oxygen and sulfur are the factors that cause gold to lose its luster. When moisture is mixed with oxygen and sulfur compounds in the mix of base metals and gold, corrosion occurs on the surface, causing the surface to lose its luster. Copper can undergo oxidation to produce copper green; silver can cause yellow gold to darken and lose its luster. Since 10K gold is only 41.7% pure gold, it will tarnish quickly and you will notice that rose gold will lose its luster more easily than white gold. If you are looking for gold jewelry that is less likely to tarnish, you will want to look for gold that is high in carat. gold jewelry under 14 carat will lose its luster more easily. To be on the safe side, look for gold jewelry that is 14-18 carats.
    Gold tarnishes and loses its luster most likely for several reasons: first, the skin care products you use have harder metals than pure gold separating the base metals in gold; second, prolonged exposure to oxygen causes oxidation of copper, nickel and silver accelerated by sweat and heat; third, naturally acidic skin and heavy sweating can likewise cause copper to oxidize to produce copper oxide. Acidic foods are also a contributing factor. Foods such as onions, spices, pickles and lemons can cause gold jewelry to lose its luster more quickly. Finally, if you forget to take off your ring when using shampoo or other chemicals containing sulfur, sulfur amino acids will immediately react with the alloys in gold and cause it to lose its luster.

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    2022-07-08T08:41:33+00:00

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    Since the gold used to make jewelry is usually added with some other metals that can easily react with moisture and oxygen in the air to ensure the durability of gold. Therefore, wear and tarnishing of gold jewelry is inevitable over time. Since vinegar helps to break down the oil and dirt on gold, cleaning your metal with white vinegar will be a much easier way to clean it than going to a jewelry store.
    First you can prepare about a cup of vinegar and pour it into a bowl, then place the gold jewelry you need to clean into the bowl of vinegar and let it sit for 10-20 minutes, depending on how much the jewelry has tarnished. Please be assured that going beyond 20 minutes will not harm the jewelry, so feel free to do other things in the meantime. If possible, you may want to shake the bowl every 2-3 minutes to get the gold jewelry in full contact with the vinegar, which will allow the jewelry to be more thoroughly cleaned of dirt and grease. Also, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the gold jewelry, which will clean the dead spots that the vinegar can’t reach even more. Finally after you take the gold jewelry out, please remember to use cold water to clean the residual acidic residue and the unshed stains from the vinegar. Make sure to dry the jewelry with a soft cloth after cleaning.

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