Everyone loves them, those shiny things we call sterling silver. Silver jewelry has been a long time fav since the beginning of time and we can all see why. It wears well with everything, it is appealing to the eye and adds an extra “wow factor” that we are all after. In fact, silver is the most popular metal to make jewelry with.
As much as we adore our beloved metal though, it does come with a tiny bit of annoyance: that ugly-looking tarnish. This is caused when oxygen or sulfur (present in the environment around us) come in contact with silver, causing a chemical bond to its surface. This unfortunately makes the silver appear dirty or even discolored. No thank you!!
Fortunately for us, cleaning your sterling silver and minimizing tarnish is a piece of chocolate cake…If you like cake. Anyway you don’t need to drop your silver off to the cleaners every week, we’re going to talk about a few ways to achieve this right inside your kitchen!
Soap and warm water: Opt for warm water and some mild dishwashing soap. By mild we mean no harsh chemicals that can cause scratching such as ammonia, phosphate, etc. If your silver jewelry is adorned with any stones- precious or not-, this is the perfect method to use. Use a soft, clean cloth to apply to your jewelry, rinse off with warm or cool water and then air dry or use a clean cloth to dry.
The ever helpful baking soda: Make a quick cleaning paste using baking soda and water. Using a clean, soft cloth apply a small amount to the silver and polish gently. For your stamped or imprinted silver jewelry, you can make the paste thinner by using more water. Use a soft, clean cloth or toothbrush to gently apply to your jewelry, rinse off with warm water and then air dry or use a clean cloth to dry.
Alternately, if you don’t want to use water you could use this version below which also includes baking soda.
White vinegar and baking soda: Vinegar is actually a hidden gem and has many uses. For the purposes of this post, we will just focus on using it as a gentle cleaner to help remove those stubborn tarnish on your silver. Start by soaking the jewelry in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (quick pause to let you get over the fizzing action!). Soak for 2-3 hours, rinse with cool water and dry.
We saved our favorite for last! This may sound harsh and raise a few eyebrows but it is also an old wife’s “tried and proven” method which actually works.
Boiling water:We’ve all boiled water at some point in our life. So go ahead and bring some water to a boil, add a small amount of mild dishwashing liquid and then put your silver jewelry in (DO NOT PUT ANY JEWELRY WITH STONES). Leave for about 10 minutes.
This causes the tarnish to transfer to the water. Drain the water out and carefully (It will be HOT) remove jewelry then rinse with cool water and dry. If you still have some stubborn tarnish, go hardcore and use the White vinegar and baking soda mentioned above.
Keep in mind that you can also use any of the methods in combination with another. Let us know what you think, leave comments below if you have tried these methods and loved it!
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