Don’t panic if your silver chain turned black. It is not fake. It is just normal for silver to tarnish and it only needs a good cleaning.
Silver jewelries are usually sold with a special liquid solution that you can use for cleaning them. You simply have to wipe this thing on the silver chain and it will look like brand new again. However, this small bottle of liquid cleaning solution will not last forever. If you don’t want to shell out some bucks for it, then try the cleaning tips below. You’ll be surprised to know that some things you can find at home can give your silver chain the same or even better cleaning effect.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush. Imagine the silver chain as your teeth. Brush it the same way as you would brush your teeth. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and lightly scrub the silver. Rinse it off with clean water and you’ll see your jewelry sparkling again.
- Cloth. A soft and clean cotton cloth can remove the black stains on silver. Simply polish the jewelry with this cloth until the black is removed. Clothes that are chemically treated work better and will finish your job faster and easier.
- Baking soda. Put some baking soda on a used toothbrush and start to lightly scrub the silver chain. Add some more baking soda on the toothbrush as you go on with the scrubbing. Scrub until the black stain is gone. Baking soda can be used in a different way, too. Mix this powder with some water. Soak the chain in this solution for about five minutes. The black should be gone by now. Rinse the jewelry and rub it with a clean cotton cloth. The cloth will add shine on the silver chain.
- Salt. Spread an aluminum foil on the table. It should be just enough to cover the silver chain. Put the chain on it and sprinkle about two teaspoons of salt and two teaspoons baking soda. Cover the silver chain with the foil. Put it in a casserole with some water and let it boil. Remove the aluminum foil from the casserole and move it in a bowl. Add some fresh water in the bowl. Remove the chain from the aluminum and rinse it. Wipe it dry with a soft cotton cloth until it shines.
- Olive oil. Add some olive oil on a clean cloth and rub the cloth on the silver chain. This should help remove the black tarnish, too.
- Vinegar. Soak the silver chain in vinegar for about two hours or until you see the black stains are gone. Rinse it with water and wipe it dry with a jewelry cloth. Other people swear by the wonders of jewelry cloth. You can use this even without soaking the chain in vinegar. But if the cloth won’t do the trick, then use the vinegar.
Silver will always tarnish no matter what you do to it. That is why cleaning it regularly is very important. There’s no easy way out if you own something precious like a silver chain.