My silver jewelery keeps leaving black marks on my white t-shirts. Does anyone have the solution?
Linda R. from Peak District, UK
Sounds like it is time for a good cleaning. Get some silver jewelry cleaner at Wal-Mart of almost any pharmacy. Also get a jewelry cleaning cloth and get to work. Clean first in the liquid cleaner, follow instructions on the jar. The use the cloth to make it shine and glow. You have to clean silver at least month if you wear it a lot or it will turn your skin black too.
Don't BUY silver cleaner-you have some in your cupboard or pantry!
Tarnish Removal from Silver
-a tarnished piece of silver
-a pan or dish large enough to completely immerse the silver in
-aluminum foil to cover the bottom of the pan (*Note, these two materials can be combined by using a disposable aluminum pan)
-enough water to fill the pan
a kettle to heat the water (and oven mitts if you plan to move the pan)
-baking soda, ~ 1 cup (depends on the amount of tarnished silver you have)
Procedure: Line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil (or use your aluminum pan).
Set the silver object on top of the aluminum foil, making sure the silver touches the aluminum.
Heat the water to boiling, and pour it in the pan (*be careful not to burn yourself), completely covering the silver.
Add baking soda (as needed); a good rule of thumb is 1/4 cup per 1 liter.(Note, the mixture will froth a bit and may spill over; so you may want to put the pan in a sink. Use oven mitts).
The tarnish should begin to disappear quickly.You may need to let it sit, reheat the water, and/or add more baking soda if the silver is badly tarnished. NEVER use ammonia on your silver. If you use a commercial jewelry cleaner, make sure it's safe for silver!
After cleaning silver, simply hang pieces from a hanger or clothes pin outside & spray them with a clear sealer (from an artist supply store) or a clear semi-gloss spray paint. You'll only need a light coat of the sealer or clear paint. Make sure your pieces are clean & very dry before spraying. If you can find a sealer or clear spray paint that says "non-yellowing" this would be best. Use only a very light coating.
* I sold sterling jewelry for many years & I noticed my jewelry would tarnish the worst when I took it near the sea coast. later, someone told me it was the salt air. Do you live near the Ocean? If so, that's what's causing it! OR, If you handle your jewelry often & you eat a lot of pineapple or certain foods that cause acidity, this could cause it too. Whenever my mother eats pineapple her 18 karat gold rings cause her fingers to turn green!
OR: You can clean your silver before your wear it each time with a "Sunshine Cloth" these are amazing things! In fact I swear by them, simply rub the cloth over jewelry or hold the cloth stationary & draw the necklace through the cloth each time before you wear it. This will solve the problem, no muss, no fuss!
OR: simply Google "sunshine cloth"
---> If all else fails, don't buy STERLING silver, anymore, only purchase FINE silver.
Sterling Silver is 92.5% & 7.5% copper, Fine Silver is 99.9 silver.
Its the copper that's added to the silver that tarnishes, not the silver itself. Some are adding other alloys (not copper) to make a NON-tarnishing Sterling Silver:
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