Monday, April 26, 2010

Recipe for Cleaning Silver

When it comes to cleaning jewelry, I usually tend to stick with conventional solutions and polishing cloths.  However, when I came across a "Home Remedy" for cleaning silver, my interest was peaked and I just had to give it a try.  So, this afternoon, I gathered the appropriate materials and prepared for the experiment.

I decided to try it on my interchangeable Sterling Silver chains that I wear quite often, and a few pairs of earrings.  These pieces were not completely tarnished but had a bit of that yellowish tone and definitely had not been cleaned for some time.  After completing the process, I was AMAZED at how beautiful the pieces came out!  They were bright and shiny and looked like new!  A word of caution:  before you unload your jewelry box and start boiling water, let me suggest that you only pull out pieces that are completely made of sterling silver (i.e., chains, hoop earrings, etc.) or that have hard stones/crystals.  There is truly some type of "chemical" reaction that occurs and I'm not sure how certain stones will hold up to it. 

Now, are you ready for the recipe?  Here it is . . . happy cleaning!

Ingredients:
  • Plastic or Glass Bowl (not metal)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Baking Soda
  • Soft Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Soft Cloth or Towel

Directions:

  1. Put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the plastic or glass bowl.
  2. Pour near-boiling water into the bowl.
  3. Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the water.  This will cause a slight bubbling effect and give off a little bit of an odd odor.
  4. Place the tarnished jewelry onto the piece of aluminum.
  5. Add more baking soda to the dish if necessary until you see the tarnish coming off your piece.  I used an old toothbrush to help remove any remaining tarnish from the crevices of the chain, etc.
  6. Remove the piece from the solution (Careful!  Remember the water is hot!) & rinse under cool water.
  7. Dry the piece completely with a soft cloth & admire the shine!

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