Over the past few years, I would go into my jewelry box to find a certain piece I wanted to wear… only to notice that the piece was tarnished.  I would tell myself ok, next time I go to the store I need to see if I can find something to clean them with.  Only to remember that quest the very next time I went into my jewelry box to look for something. (sigh)

So today, in discussions with a friend – she says just use water, aluminum foil and baking soda to remove the tarnish.  Who knew?  Well probably everyone but me…


1.  Here are the pieces I decided to clean.  They are all sterling silver.

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2.  Close up of one of the rings

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3.  To test it out, I used the following:  small glass bowl, a piece of aluminum foil that I crumpled, a tablespoon of baking soda, and boiling water

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4.  I placed my jewelry into the bowl and boiled water in the microwave (about 2 1/2 mins for 2 cups).  Then I poured the bowling water into the bowl, using just enough water to cover the jewelry.

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5.  I stirred the concoction using a plastic knife and let it sit for about 10 mins.

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6.  Afterwards I rinsed off the jewelry in warm water and dried them with a towel.

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Close up of the ring post cleaning… dec 2013 018

I would highly recommend this to anyone needing to clean sterling silver.  I certainly will use this again vs any store bought chemical cleaner.

One thought on “How to Clean Sterling Silver Using Natural and Everyday Household Items

  1. Looks awesome! It’s difficult to find anti tarnish remedies for things like jewelry and dinnerware that actually works. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind next time!

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