Silver jewelry has its own understated elegance and panache. Silver is a versatile and beautiful metal than can be made into a variety of jewelry pieces. However, silver is prone to tarnishing, stains and scratches. Don’t worry. Maintaining it is relatively simple. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be able to clean your silver jewelry easily and inexpensively.
Here’s how to clean silver jewelry at home.
- Give it a baking soda bath. Line a glass pan with aluminum foil and place your silver jewelry on it. Next, pour a lot of baking soda over your jewelry. Finally, pour a pot of hot water over it and let it sit for a few minutes. The baking soda should dissolve any dirt. Don’t leave your jewelry soaking for a long time as too much baking soda will cause a chemical reaction and may corrode your jewelry. Rinse your jewelry and wipe with a soft cloth.
- Make a baking soda paste. In a bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda with a little warm water to make a paste. You may use this to spot clean your silver by applying it with a damp cloth. Remember to use minimal amounts only and don’t rub too vigorously. Rinse the jewelry in water after and dry.
- Make your own salt bath to clean silver. It works just like a baking soda bath. Place your silver jewelry in a glass pan filled with hot water and dissolve a couple of teaspoons of table salt. Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the water. Let it sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will dissolve in the saltwater bath. When done, pick up your jewelry and rinse in water. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Use toothpaste as polish. White toothpaste not only cleans teeth, but it also can be used to remove simple tarnish off you silver jewelry. It makes an excellent polish. Be sure not to use gel toothpaste. Put a little bit of white toothpaste on a damp cloth and rub on your jewelry. The tarnish should come right off. Keep rubbing the pieces until you achieve your desired result. When done, rinse the jewelry with water and dry.
- Never wash your silver jewelry together with other types of jewelry. You should wash your pieces separately. Other metals may scratch your silver.
- Store your silver jewelry properly to prevent scratching. When not in use, put your pieces in a soft jewelry pouch or in a velvet-lined box. Don’t just throw your pieces in your drawer as this may get scratched when it comes in contact with other items.
You don’t have to purchase expensive silver cleaning solutions which contain many harmful chemicals. All these materials are easily found in your cupboard of bathroom cabinet.
Clean your silver regularly to prevent build up of dirt and maintain its luster. With proper care and maintenance, you should be able to wear your silver jewelry for many years to come.