How To Clean Silver Jewelry - New Methods

How To Clean Silver Jewelry – New Methods

By: - Jewelry - September 7, 2011
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Silver can be a beautiful addition to any outfit and can even hold special places in our hearts, but silver gets dirty and tarnished easily and begins to look bad after awhile. Silver can look gorgeous when you bring it home. You can keep it that way when you know how to clean silver jewelry on your own.  There are several methods you can use at home to clean silver jewelry.

One of the most common methods to clean silver jewelry is a simple salt bath. You will need a glass jar, aluminum foil, hot water, salt and a soft cloth. Fill the jar about half way with hot water and dissolve about a tablespoon of salt in it. If you are using a larger jar, add more salt. Add some strips of aluminum foil to the jar as well followed by your silver jewelry.  In a matter of minutes, the aluminum will act like a magnet does, literally pulling all of the tarnish off your jewel into the solution. You should leave the jewelry in the solution for several minutes then rinse in regular, warm water. Let the jewelry dry completely before storing or wearing.

If you want to know how to clean silver jewelry at home with another method, try this: Put one cup of very hot water in a casserole dish that is lined with aluminum foil. Add I teaspoon each of baking soda, liquid dish soap and salt, mixing it well. Add your jewelry on top of the aluminum foil and leave for 5-10 minutes. Remove the jewelry from the solution and rinse with water. Again, make sure the clean silver jewelry is dry before wearing or storing it.

Knowing how to clean silver jewelry at home can be a big benefit as you likely have these items in your own kitchen. You can also buy over the counter cleaners like jewelry cleaner or polishing cloths, but these at home cleaners work just as well and are non toxic. Be careful if you start rubbing any of the abrasives like salt or baking soda onto your silver, it is possible they can scratch. Once scratched, you can’t fix it, so it is best to keep any abrasives away from you silver. Taking care of your silver jewelry and keeping it clean can help it last a lifetime and even at some point be passed down to future generations.