Cleaning silver: How to clean silver jewelry at home, without vinegar
We all know that silver, even though it does belong to the precious group of metals, eventually does tarnish, especially after being exposed to all sorts of chemicals, water, sun, etc.
There are a lot of ways to clean silver jewelry and dishes, from toothpaste, a combination of vinegar and baking soda, but we tried this one, loved it and decided to show you this extra cheap and easy way to clean tarnished silver and restore it with its natural, beautiful shine. And the best part - you already have all the needed ingredients at home!
Before and after
This is the before and after, you are going to love the results!
What you’ll need to clean your silver:
A bowl (glass, ceramic), aluminum foil, boiling water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of salt and a brush.
To clean your silver jewelry, a dish, a teapot or cutlery, follow the steps below.
Take your dish and jewelry
Choose your bowl, and find one that is big enough for your silver pieces to fit inside.
Cover it in aluminum foil.
For the purposes of this how-to, we are going to clean a silver bracelet.
Once you have covered your bowl with aluminum foil, put the salt and baking soda in, mix it all together and put in the silver jewelry or the silver piece you want to clean.
Then boil the kettle, and you’ll need enough water to cover your silver pieces completely. Pour the boiling water into the bowl.
Mix the solution and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes.
It’s normal for the solution to bubble up because of the reaction of baking soda with the salt and hot water, but it will only last for a few seconds.
After 5 to 10 minutes, take a brush and gently brush the silver, but make sure to make gentle movements. You can already see how much shinier it is and how the solution has removed the tarnish.
After brushing, rinse off in lukewarm water or with a mild soap.
The final result is a shiny bracelet, as good as new!
You can use this cheap and easy method to clean sterling silver, marked .925 and restore them with natural shine!