Silver items can tarnish over time. How can you make your favourite silver jewellery shine again as before? I will show you 3 easy ways to clean your silver jewellery at home. However, experts advise not to use them too often and stick to the special silver polish treatments. But when you need to clean your silver at home ASAP, here are the tips. ⬇️ ⬇️
Method 1: baking soda + aluminium foil
Step 1: Take a bowl and cover it with aluminium foil
Step 2: Put the tarnished jewellery inside
Step 3: Boil some water (make sure it is boiling hot) and pour it into the bowl.
Step 4: Add regular baking soda, stir.
Enjoy observing the process. Watch the video below to see how this simple method can make your silver jewellery shine again within a few minutes.
Method 2: Use Hand Sanitizer
Grab a small clean cloth and apply a few drops of hand sanitiser. Polish your silver clean. Once shiny, rinse off the hand sanitiser using water and dry your silver with a cloth.
I tried it a few times, works every time. However, I want you to know that there are many articles out there stating that hand sanitiser can also damage your jewellery in general. The same goes for toothpaste which also cleans your jewellery within seconds, but many professionals advise not to use it.
Method 3: Use dish soap
Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water. Dip a soft cloth in the mixture and use it to rub the silver to remove the tarnish. Rinse with cool water and buff dry with another soft cloth.
Some people state that you can clean your silver jewellery even with ketchup 🤫. I have never tried that one, but watch the video below, where the author shows how to do that. Maybe you can give it a try. At the end of the day, what's the worst that can happen from ketchup? :)
How to prevent tarnish on silver jewellery
Yes, silver jewellery might darken with time but there are multiple steps you can use to prevent tarnish on silver jewellery. Let's dive into that:
Keep it dry. Avoid moisture and liquids. Take off your jewellery before shower and swimming. Put your lotions, creams before you put your jewellery back on. If you get your jewellery wet, make sure to dry them as soon as possible.
Store it properly. Store pieces in a closed jewellery box or in velvet jewellery bags keeping the items in separate compartments to prevent them from scratching one another.
Clean it regularly. You don't need to wait for your earrings or bracelet to get dark to clean it. Try to do it regularly, at least once a month.
Let me know if you tried any of the cleaning methods above and whether they worked for you.