Salt Water for Tarnished Silver Ring

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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July 9, 20150 found this helpful

The traditional method of 1 teaspon of baking soda
sprinkled onto aluminum foil in a small pot or pan,
1/4 cup warm water and the ring added, and agitated
slightly, works in a couple of minutes. Works not only
on jewelry, but is the recommended method for fine,
real silver plated cutlery, that naturally turns black
when not used frequently.

The black is just silver oxide. Aluminum WANTS that
oxygen, and when helped by the baking soda, rips it
off, leaving clean silver behind. No pitting, no
abrasion.
Have FUN!
DearWebby

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July 18, 20150 found this helpful

Bleach is not acidic and salt is not alkaline. I couldn't tell you exactly why bleach turned your silver ring dark, nor why the salt worked, but it has nothing to do with acid/alkaline reactions.

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Just thought I'd clarify the chemistry. In fact, an acid (eg vinegar) and a base (eg baking soda) create a salt, water, and carbon dioxide. This is why pancakes leavened with sour milk and baking soda rise.

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