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An Effective Home Remedy To Clean Your Silver Jewelry

Published: July 11th, 2017
Categories: Jewelry

After a few months of casual wear, you will notice that your silver rings, bracelets, and earrings can get tarnished over time.

If you know of any product to clean and polish silver jewelry, you can find them to be very expensive, and not even always work. But don’t worry, because you can clean all kinds of silver effectively and harmlessly with several home ingredients.How to Clean Your Silver Jewelry

You will need the following:

  • A bowl to put your jewelry and other silver items in.
  • A stovetop.
  • Multiple measuring cups or spoons. A microfiber or cotton cloth.
  • One sheet of tin foil.
  • One tablespoon of baking soda.
  • One tablespoon white salt.
  • A half cup of white vinegar. A utensil for stiring. Tongs (optional).
  • And one cup of water at its boiling point.

One you have all of these things, you are ready to clean your sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, and other silver items.

The first thing to do is to pour water in a pot, and boil it on a stove. While you wait for the water to heat up, line your bowl with a sheet of tin foil, with the shinier side sticking up. Once you formed your foil inside the bowl, pour the baking soda and the white salt into the bowl. Next, gently add the vinegar to the mix; do not panic if the concoction so far is bubbling or fizzing. Stir the concoction with a utensil until all the particles of salt and baking soda have been dissolved. Salt and baking soda might scratch your jewelry if in a hard, powdery form.

When your water is boiling, take it off of the stove and gently pour it into your concoction. Then, place each of your silver items in the concoction where the mix will work to clean your earrings, keychains, and your sterling silver necklaces.

925 Sterling Silver Dog Tag PendantTo be sure that every area is cleansed, grab a pair of tongs to pick your jewelry up and flip them over inside the mix.Wait for the water to cool so that it is safe to remove your jewelry from the concoction. Once you take each piece out of the bowl, buff the silver with your cotton or microfiber cloth. You should notice that all the tarnish on your jewelry has been removed from the concoction and your silver is bright, shiny, and looks like it has been on the day that you bought it.

This won't be a permanent fix, so overtime, your jewelry will grow tarnish on it once more. To extend the time it takes to develop said tarnish, follow these small tips. When dressing up, put your silver jewelry on last, and take it off first, even before applying and after removing makeup and hair products. The chemicals of these products will cause silver to lose its luster. Refrain from placing silver jewelry on wood surfaces, such as tables and desks. Some wood furniture contains chemicals on top of it that is capable of tarnishing silver items.

Before putting silver jewelry away for a while, preferably from a week to a few months, dry each piece carefully using a clean cotton cloth. Drying the jewelry with a cloth will remove body oils from wearing it, which will also cause silver tarnish. Do not clean the jewelry with paper towels or tissues, as they may contain wooden fibers.

For jewelry that you find too precious to risk getting tarnished, seal each piece of jewelry in small plastic bags for storage, but do not use polyvinyl bags that have sulfur ingredients inside of them.

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