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If you want to know how to clean your silver jewelry then this might be the most valuable post you will ever read.
- You only need a few household items to get rid of any yellow, black or discoloration from your silver jewelry.
- The process is simple and almost instantaneous (30 seconds to a few minutes, depending on the state of your jewelry).
- It’s the easiest and most inexpensive DIY method.
How To Clean Silver Jewelry: Materials You Need
Here is what we have:
- A soup/small bowl (or whatever size is suitable for your piece)
- Aluminum foil
- Boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda for each cup of water
- Spoon/kitchen tongs
- A dry cleaning cloth
How To Clean Silver Jewelry: Step-By-Step
Here is a silver necklace of mine that we will use as an example:
So, my necklace is not too bad but has definitely lost its shine!
What can we do about it?
First, take your soup/small bowl and line it with aluminum foil, shiny side up.
Second, bring the water to a boil and pour into the bowl (it should be enough water to reach the top).
Third, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per each cup of water into the bowl (expect it to bubble!).
Fourth, instantly place the silver jewelry in the dish.
Next, leave your silver jewelry in the solution for 2-5 minutes. If your piece is in a really bad state(!) then you can leave it in up to 10 minutes.
***IMPORTANT: Ensure that the jewelry is touching the aluminum foil – this is an essential part of the process for the chemical reaction to occur. This means you should turn the jewelry over (with a pair of kitchen tongs) so the 2nd side gets to touch the aluminium foil too.
You can add one or more pieces in the same bowl, as long as each of them is touching the aluminium foil.
Finally, remove the silver jewelry with a pair of kitchen tongs or a spoon.
Rinse under cool water.
You may then shine it with the dry cleaning cloth.
Prepare to be amazed!
The Result… Was It A Success?
Even though my piece of silver jewelry was not too tarnished, the before & after shot is quite noticeable:
This really is my favorite DIY method for how to clean silver jewelry.
Because it works!
It can reverse the effect of the most yellow or black tarnish.
Have a try yourself and let me know how it goes in the comment section below.
I would especically love to see some before/after shots like the one above!
Oh, and if you don’t have any silver jewelry yet, check out my collections.
Ece loves spreading good vibes with authentic designs by creating unique handmade silver jewelry. She lives with her husband, Mick, daughter, Asya, two cats Ginger and Picasso, and lazy labrador, Viva, in the small, quiet village of Urla, Turkey.