Removing the rust from fake gold necklaces with toothpaste is quick and effective.

How to Get Rust off a Fake Gold Necklace

by Michael Briggs

Fake gold necklaces can look great when you first buy them, but as they rust they lose their character. However, fake gold is not difficult, expensive or time-consuming to clean and restore back to its original state. Since fake gold is not durable, it can rust over a short period of time, but fortunately all you need to clean fake gold is a tube of toothpaste, water and a paper towel.

How to get rust off a fake gold necklace

Squirt toothpaste into your hand and coat your necklace in toothpaste, making sure to cover it completely. You may use a toothbrush to cover the necklace with paste if you prefer.

Scrub the necklace with your fingers or the toothbrush thoroughly, which will take a minute or two depending on the size of the necklace.

Rinse the necklace in the sink with warm water.

Gently wipe the necklace dry with your paper towel.

Items you will need

  • Toothpaste
  • Sink for water
  • Paper towels


  • You can use any kind of toothpaste for the cleaning.


  • Use a steady stream, but nothing too strong that could cause harm to the necklace.

About the Author

Michael Briggs is a trending news reporter for He has interned for digital and print publications including "The New York Daily News," "The Princeton Packet" and Thrillist. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in journalism with a sports reporting concentration.

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