White gold can be cleaned using regular gold cleaners that you can buy at many jewelry retailers. We do highly advise that you check if there are any restrictions as to what kinds of stones can go into the cleaner, if your jewelry contains stones or beads. For example, pearls and opals are very delicate and often cannot be immersed (at least not for very long) in most cleaners and chemicals. For more information on how to clean pearl and opal jewelry, click here.
If you decide to skip the store-bought jewelry cleaners, we usually recommend a mixture of water and a soft dish soap. usually a few drops of a soft dish soap mixed into a cup or two of warm (not hot) water. if you would like, you can use a soft brush, (think the softness of an infant or toddler’s toothbrush) to gently brush any dirt or grime from underneath stones or in crevices. Rinse with clear water and dry immediately afterward with a soft cloth, such as a microfiber wipe.
Every few months, you may notice the color or luster diminishing on your white gold piece, or even the appearance of a yellowish tint. This is normal for white gold and means it is in need of rhodium plating. It used to be called electroplating and is what gives white gold its brilliance. When you bring in a piece to be re-rhodiumed, it is a good time to have the jeweler check your stones (if there are any) and ensure that none are loose or missing and that your prongs are still in tip top condition. This process usually includes cleaning and polishing, which will eliminate any pesky scratches.