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Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Silver jewelry is very beautiful and complements your attire, whether formal or jeans casual. However, silver has a dark side, tarnish. This is a guide about cleaning silver jewelry.
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January 7, 2011

To bring the shine back to tarnished silver jewelry, pour hot water into a mug, add three tablespoons of salt (to make an electrolyte), put in some aluminum tin foil and the tarnished silver jewelry. The tarnish (silver sulfide) will then be liberated and be given off as a gas (rotten eggs smell). Rinse with water to reveal super shiny jewelery.

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By monique63 from Somerset, UK

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Just want to say thanks for the cleaning solution advice, My wife got a perm and some of the solution got on her irreplaceable sterling silver chain. I put 3 table spoons of salt, a teaspoon of soda into a mug, half filled with hot tap water, rolled up two pieces of foil submerged them in the water and dropped the chain in, 3-4 minutes checked it and it indeed smelled like rotten eggs, swirled it around a bit, held it up to the light, it looked clean. Rinsed it off with clean water dried it and my wife says it looks better than the day she bought it, To me that big smile was worth more than the chain, Thanks !!!!!

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January 11, 2017 Flag

I once heard that monosodium glutamate (MSG) can be used to clean and shine any pure stainless metal, like gold and silver.

My silver ring turned black after frequently washing my hands with sulfur soap. Or I don't know if having touched flour and baking soda contributed to the discoloration of my ring.

So, I tried the cleaning method. First, I placed a teaspoon of MSG in a piece of cloth then put my ring on it and rubbed the cloth with MSG against the ring for several times. Then I washed the ring and wiped it dry. And the process was indeed very effective!

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for your information as this is one remedy that is new to me.

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September 23, 2011 Flag

Silver jewelry that has become tarnished can be cleaned by soaking it for a few minutes in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and then rubbing it with a soft cloth.

By Eileen from Yorktown, VA

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

When you mix vinegar and baking soda, you get salt and water and carbon dioxide. How can that clean silver? Salt water will not clean it.

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July 9, 2015

After using household bleach for cleaning I realized my favorite silver ring had been tarnished and I was freaking out! I had the impulse to rub it with salt as it is an alkaline and submerge my ring in salted boiling water. It worked in about 25-30 mins!

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January 30, 2014

I used Nair while wearing my brand new sterling silver engagement ring. It tarnished my ring and believe me, I was freaking out. I read tips on here and tried using cigarette ashes.

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July 24, 2012

I work at a silver and native American jewelry store. We use Windex (I've never tried an off brand of glass cleaner), and an old soft toothbrush to get into hard to reach areas. Windex is the ticket!

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August 1, 2012

Tie a few pieces of blackboard chalk in cheesecloth and store it with your sterling silver jewelry.

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This is a guide about cleaning a silver necklace. Special polish and cloths are available to clean tarnish from silver or you can use a few common household items.

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This is a guide about cleaning a silver bracelet. Polish your silver jewelry to keep it beautiful and free of tarnish.

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October 9, 2015

I have a silver necklace with opals in silver settings. Is it saft to use the salt, soda, and water with the aluminum foil. Will it damage the opals?

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October 24, 20150 found this helpful
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Yes, Opals are porous and can easily crack; they require oil like Olive Oil gently wiped over to keep it's luster and protection. Never wear opal jewelry in dishwater or other harsh detergents and frequently wipe over with soft oiled cloth.

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful
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I have some custom made opal jewelry. The artist who made them told me to clean my opal jewelry with baking POWDER (NOT baking soda). Just pour a teaspon of BP into a small bowl, and pinch a dap onto the jewlry the rub around. (I have a baby toothbrush that I use for crevices around the stones) then wipe off and "buff" with dry towel. My one ring is in sterling setting with 24k gold inlay. It also polishes those without damage.

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October 11, 2010 Flag

I do outdoor craft shows and love working with beads. I purchased small gift boxes with clear lids about 2 x 3 inches. They look good with one pair of silver plated dangle earrings in each box. They tarnish very quickly and it takes 3 times longer to clean a pair than to make a new pair.

What neutralizes silver oxide (the tarnish on my silver)? I am tired of trying to clean in all the tiny, tiny nooks between the beads. Help please. Thanks.

By Carol from Waynesboro, GA

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July 19, 20090 found this helpful
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I sell silver jewelry. I use a silver polishing cloth & sometimes silver polish.

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October 11, 20100 found this helpful
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I also make jewelry. I usually store sterling silver in a zip-bag with a 3M anti-tarnish strip. When I present jewelry in a box, I place the small zip bag with an anti-tarnish strip underneath the "cotton." I make sure I tell the recipient about storing the jewelry long-term in the bag with the strip. The strips don't last forever, and when they feel like it needs to be replaced, they can place a plain piece of chalk in the bag.

I've gotten my anti-tarnish strips at artbeads.com, but I see that they're out at the moment. Riogrande.com sells them in larger quantities, but you need to set up an account to use them (might be worthwhile if you have a sales tax license). Right now they have 1000 1-inch strips for about $40. There are also anti-tarnish zip-bags, and anti-tarnish tissue paper.

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August 22, 2011 Flag

How do I clean silver earrings?

By Scott

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful
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Soak in half ammonia and half water. Then scrub with old toothbrush and dish soap.

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful
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No problem, just dip them into silver cleaner. It is very simple. To keep my silver from tarnishing, I wrap them in Saran wrap.

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May 19, 2000 Flag

I have had a beautiful silver rope necklace for about ten years that has gotten terribly tarnished. I can't remove the tarnish with a chamois cloth because of the intricate rope detail. I've tried Tarn-X and the baking soda/aluminum foil solution to no avail. Does anyone know of an effective way to clean silver jewelry? Every jeweler has told me that they don't do silver.

By Pam in OH

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful
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Clean the tarnish off silver objects

Materials: (tarnished silver, a pan or dish large enough to completely immerse the silver, aluminum foil to cover the bottom of the pan, boiling water, baking soda)

Line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable aluminum pan.

Place silver object on top of the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum.

Pour boiling water into the pan until the object is completely covered.

Add about baking soda. (about 1/4 cup per liter or 1 cup per gallon of water).

What will happen?

As you add the baking soda, the mixture may froth a bit and may spill over. The tarnish will begin to disappear quickly. For badly tarnished silver, you may need to repeat the experiment a 2nd time to remove all traces of tarnish.

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February 2, 20080 found this helpful
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Another thing you can do is buy "coin cleaner" (some coin stores sell it). I don't remember the chemical in it, but it is a blue liquid, very watery. You soak the silver in it for a few seconds, agitate the solution while it's soaking, wash it off, and the tarnish is gone. I have heard that you should not use it on silver plated objects though. I have a sterling rope chain, and that is what I do for it.

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July 16, 2015 Flag

I forgot my silver jewelry in a jar of Connoisseurs Cleaner and it came out all discolored. I found the composition online. It is thiourea, sulfuric acid, and alcohol ethoxylates. Is there any hope to salvage it?

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July 16, 20150 found this helpful

If the bracelet was plated in silver it may have removed this. Try rubbing the chain together to see if that brightens them up. If it does then you may not have lost the finish. I like the tbsp. baking soda in an aluminum foil pan with boiling water added. Set jewellery in there and leave it until the water is cool. Or use a glass dish and a hand sized piece of foil.

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February 27, 20160 found this helpful

I love the tarnished patina that the cleaner has made these!! I know it's probably not super helpful, but let me know if you would ever consider selling this set to an adoring home! : )

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August 24, 2015 Flag

Can I use denture tablets for cleaning a sterling silver necklace with little diamonds in it that turned black?

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August 26, 20150 found this helpful

With regard to the denture tablets, I suspect they will not remove the tarnish. They are not made for that at all.

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May 3, 2016 Flag

I left my silver jewelry in silver jewelry cleaner too long and now it's a dull, whitish color. I've tried to use a soft cloth and polish them, trying to bring back the shine, but nothing has helped. Can anyone help?

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January 31, 2012 Flag

How do I clean a silver bracelet containing garnets?

By Judy

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February 2, 20120 found this helpful

If the bracelet is dirty(not tarnished), soak it in a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of ammonia for 1/2 hour then rinse and air dry. The stones will sparkle. If the bracelet is tarnished, use a pea sized dab of silver polish or white toothpaste (not gel), rub it into the wet bristles of an old soft toothbrush, then use the brush all over the bracelet.

Do not scrub too hard, because if the bracelet is silver plate. it may come off. Rinse and air dry. Do not use either of these methods on opal, pearl or real turquoise jewelry. I have cleaned both good and costume jewelry. The only problem I have ever had was some "jewels" came unglued after soaking. Never had a problem with real stones. Hope this helps.

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January 16, 2014 Flag

I want to know the acid used on silver jewelry for whitening? Thanks.

By Haydar

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August 2, 2013 Flag

I have a sterling silver bracelet that I wore when washing my hands with Betadine scrub, it has now gone light gold! Can anyone please tell me how to fix it? Thank you.

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June 28, 2012 Flag

Does Totally Awesome clean silver necklaces? If it does how do you use it for this purpose?

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October 11, 2010 Flag

How can I remove tarnish from silver plate jewelry? The toggles become almost black, and even the sterling silver, too!

By Kathleen from St. Louis , MO

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Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Just get some regular toothpaste and a rag or old toothbrush, and rub the toothpaste on. Then wash it off and dry it. Should be shiny again. (09/03/2010)

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September 2, 2010 Flag

Can I use water, baking soda, and vinegar to clean my silver jewelry that is tarnished and smoked damaged from a fire?

By Karen from Douglas, AZ

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Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Wash with diluted, mild dish-washing liquid. Rinse thoroughly. Dry with cotton. Lay flat to air dry overnight. Wrap in jewelers's anti-tarnish tissue. Store in its own airtight plastic bag. Silver jewelry can be immersed in water for cleaning if there are no soft gemstones, pearls, crystals, or silk thread in the piece.

Same advice as with all other jewelry: avoid getting any chemicals, including perfume, hairspray, deodorant spray, body lotion, acetone, bleach, or turpentine, onto your silver jewelry. Store your silver jewelry carefully so it needs less cleaning and doesn't get scratched. Wear your silver jewelry often! The color of silver becomes richer and more beautiful the more it's worn. (04/06/2010)

By kffrmw88

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

I am a silversmith and I know that cigarette ashes will clean silver jewelry. I wonder if the actual ashes from the fire would also clean the jewelry? Also, you could try toothpaste. But rinse the jewelry really good to prevent the paste from getting hard and discoloring the piece. Try it. (04/06/2010)

By wsurfs

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Try the white toothpaste with peroxide or whitener and baking soda in it. Not the gel kind. Get an old toothbrush scrub clean and rinse well. This is good for all types of jewelry. (04/08/2010)

By laura343

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Shining Silver: You remember years ago those commercials for the silver cleaning plates? I had bought one and through the years it has gotten misplaced. I loved it because it cleaned the tarnish off of silver easily with no chemicals and not a lot of rubbing.

There is a way that you can make your own with items that you have in the kitchen. Grab a large glass baking dish. Place a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the bottom in the pan. Wash all of your silver items and place on the foil in the pan. Heat 1 quart of water to boiling. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of salt to the water. Pour into the pan with your silver items and cover for a minute.

Now when you pull your items out most or all of the tarnish will be gone. (Careful! they may be HOT!) For larger items you may need to turn them several times to cover all sides.
(04/08/2010)

By laura343

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