Cleaning Silver Jewelry

I am trying to clean sliver jewelry at home. Is there anything I can use?

Colin from Bedford UK

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Cleaning Silver Jewelry

How to Make Your Own Silver-Cleaning Cloths

Note: These cloths are not for taking off total tarnish, they are just to use for shining up the silver when it doesn't look quite right.

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Tip: Always wear rubber gloves when mixing the cloths in the solution.

  • First, take small, cut squares of lint-free cotton (use an old t-shirt) and saturate cloths in a solution of two parts ammonia, one part silver polish, and ten parts of cold water.

  • Pull the cloths out of the mix and let them air dry. Never dry them in the dryer because of the ammonia.
  • Once they are totally dry, store them in an airtight container like an old coffee can. Use them whenever you need to polish silver.

For more information, these tips came from the website below.
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lv_household_tips/article/0,2041,DIY_14119_4774678,00.html (09/13/2006)

By Cyinda

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Instant Silver Cleaner (no polishing)

  1. In a large bowl (large enough to fit all of the silver you may have), lay down strips of aluminum foil in the bottom of the bowl shiny side up.

  2. Place silver cutlery in the bowl on top of the aluminum foil strips. The silver must come in contact with the aluminum foil.

  3. Pour boiling water onto the cutlery and cover with water. Then sprinkle three tablespoons of baking soda over the silver.

  4. Soak this for ten minutes, rinse well with water and dry.

Note: This only works for real silver. Don't use it for hollow handled knives or glued pieces of silver. This will also work on silver jewelry. Do this when your silver is heavily soiled. You do not want to do this on a regular basis. Do "not" use this method to clean silver jewelry with stones.

For more information, these tips came from the website below.
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lv_household_tips/article/0,2041,DIY_14119_4774678,00.html (09/13/2006)

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By Cyinda

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

The best thing in this case may be to get a container of liquid silver cleaner from the jewelry department at Wal - oops are we allowed to name stores? Anyway it practically lasts forever (for small items like jewelry) and works very fast and there won't be a chance that it's harmful to the silver.

Editor's Note:
Yes, you can name stores. (09/13/2006)

By Lily May

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Use toothpaste, not gel, works on anything silver. (09/14/2006)

By N. Silvers

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

This site says rubber corrodes silver so I wouldn't recommend using rubber gloves. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/silver (11/04/2007)

By Jessica

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

You can use either toothpaste or baking soda. Clean it with a tooth brush. Rinse it thoroughly and be sure you dry it completely afterward. (03/07/2008)

By skbeal

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

The best silver cleaner I have found is a liquid silver cleaner called Silvermate. I have used it for years and it is non-hazardous and very easy to use. If you don't like scrubbing or polishing, try it. (04/15/2009)

By Chef Marcus

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