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BONUS tip for tarnish removal: DON'T store your silver link chain jewelry in your bathroom or kitchen - too much moisture!
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If it didn't get as clean as you want, move the jewelry around, press it down a little bit, pour more boiling water and add more soda. Repeat as necessary!
If you need to remove tarnish from silver (more than just a few pieces), do this process in batches.
Kind of like magic but, really, I guess it's chemistry?
Click on these links to see the other tips about tarnish removal from silver: Tip #1, Tip #2, Tip #3
Now, girl, go clean that tarnish from your silver jewelry!
Tip #3 to remove tarnish from sterling silver - jewelry, flatware, teapot, you name it. This method will answer your questions about how to remove tarnish from silver!
(If you want to see Tip #1 to remove tarnish from silver, click HERE. To see Tip #3 for tarnish removal from silver, click HERE.)
It's not very exciting or dramatic but it might be surprising that you can clean tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Who knew??
Simple make a paste with toothpaste and water, scrub your silver gently with the toothbrush dipped in the paste and, just like that, you can remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry or anything else made of sterling silver!
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Removal of Tarnish on Silver - Another Way
We talked about preventing tarnish on sterling silver by keeping it in a ziplock bag, away from damp conditions (so, storing your silver jewelry in your bathroom is not a great idea), and using a desiccant pack. Go here if you would like to see the details!
Here is an idea for removing tarnish as it builds up, especially when you want to preserve the beautiful patina that builds up over time on silver.
Try this: use a little bit of baking soda and water to make a wet paste. Using a soft toothbrush, dip it in the paste and scrub your sterling silver piece gently. Voila! Tarnish gone.
More ideas to come! Meanwhile, enjoy your sterling silver jewelry!
Need a couple of quick tips to keep sterling silver from tarnishing? Here are 4 things you can do:
1. keep in an airtight bag - a Ziplock works great for this
2. don't store your jewelry in the bathroom (the moisture can cause tarnish)
3. store your jewelry in "tarnish" cloth, available at your local fabric shop (you might have to ask for it); you can just wrap the cloth around your jewelry - it's doesn't have to be in a bag
4. include a small desiccant pack with your jewelry - the little packs that come with a new pair of shoes or a new purse
That's it! Enjoy your sterling silver jewelry, tarnish-free!
Ok, this is an absolutely wonderful way to clean sterling silver using ONLY things you have around the house - no chemicals! yay!!! Best of all, it really does work great. Just to prove it, I did a little experiment this week with some pretty grungy sterling silver jewelry - you can see what I started with at left - nice earrings but boy are they nasty looking! Let's see if we can clean them up a bit! Following are the results of my effort! Click here to see the previous posts on cleaning your jewelry!
WHAT YOU NEED:
1. baking soda
3. aluminum foil
4. boiling water
That's it. You are ready to clean!
Scrunch up the foil (is scrunch a word??) and put it in the bottom of your container. Just make sure the foil is bumpy, NOT smooth. The silver will get cleaned where it touches the foil so you want a lot of "surface" foil for the silver to lay against. With me so far?
Sterling silver on top of the foil - it's kind of hard to see the earrings here but they are laying on top of the foil - sort of nestled down in there - see??
NOW, we get to the fun part. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the jewelry. This is not a science....I am liberal with the soda. Just dump some on - you can add more later! Then pour boiling water on top, just to cover it. It will immediately start to bubbly & fizz & you may smell a sulfur type of smell - getting rid of the oxidation - hurray!! Move the jewelry around a bit with a wooden spoon or chopstick - whatever you have on hand. Remember that it gets cleanest when it comes into contact with the foil. At this point, I let it do it's fizzy thing, then I add a little more water & maybe some more soda - I want it to fizz as much as it can & baking soda is cheap so I keep adding it with water until it stops fizzing & bubbling - then, rinse well and........
WHOA! Check it out! I would probably now use my sweet little Sunshine Polishing Cloth to finish it off but it is not really necessary - these babies are clean & shiny!
So - that's it - so easy, so cheap, so GREEN - Give it a try & let me know your results!! :D
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates elegant silver jewelry inspired by flowing lines and repeated patterns in natural or architectural forms.