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Toothpaste, why you shouldn’t use it to clean your Jewellery

It is a common myth that toothpaste is a good way to clean your jewellery. This is actually false. Toothpaste can damage your diamonds, gemstones, gold and silver. Toothpaste is abrasive and has a hardness of around 3/4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Metals such as gold and silver are softer, so toothpaste can actually scratch damage your gold and silver jewellery. Not to mention, the chemicals in the flavour oils used in toothpaste are corrosive to metal.

Some gemstones have a hardness a slightly higher on the Mohs scale, but they can still get surface abrasions if toothpaste is used to clean them. Pearls and opals should never be touched by toothpaste; it can destroy their colour and luster. So it is best to not use your toothpaste, and stick with a jewellery cleaner made to clean your specific jewels.

 

FAO on toothpaste

Does toothpaste get rid of tarnish?

Toothpaste contains abrasive particles that can polish off tarnish but toothpaste isn’t designed to remove tarnish safely and toothbrushes will scratches softer metals. Precious stones are very soft and can be easily damaged by the toothpaste. The best way to clean these delicate items is to buff them with a silver polishing cloth

Can I use toothpaste to clean my diamond ring?

Chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamond jewellery. Chemicals like chlorine can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings and abrasives can scratch gold and other metals.

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