How to Clean Silver

How to Clean Silver

Silver is a versatile metal with a soft luster that makes for beautiful jewelry. Unfortunately, silver is also fragile compared to many more commonly used metals, and it can quickly develop tarnish, stains, or scratches. It can also be a bit intimidating to try to clean silver pieces because they are so delicate. So, why does it happen? The tarnish develops as a chemical reaction when silver combines with sulfur and creates silver sulfide, darkening the surface. The resulting color can range in color from yellow to black, which not the most attractive way to show off your jewels. However, you do not have to be a professional or use expensive tools to clean your silver yourself.


A dish or bowl

Aluminum foil

Boiling water

1 tablespoon of baking soda for each cup of water


Line the bottom of a dish or bowl with aluminum foil.

Bring water to a roaring boil (it should be enough to fill that bowl or dish).

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water. Expect that the solution may bubble and froth a bit.

Place the piece of silver jewelry in the dish, making sure it is touching the aluminum foil. This is essential for the chemical reaction to occur.

Pour the solution of baking soda and boiling water into dish.

Let sit for two to 10 minutes, depending on the level of tarnish.

Allow it to dry ... and be amazed!

If you are in shock and wondering how it works, here is the deal: It is actually reversing the chemical reaction that made your silver tarnish in the first place.


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