May12

7 proven way KadArt Jewelry find on how to clean silver jewelry you can do in the kitchen by hand

For Fine silver, Sterling silver and Silver plated Jewelry

It is hard to resist the beauty of silver jewelry of brilliant color, versatility, and huge combination with crystal, semi-gems.

But silver jewelry will tarnish no matter how well you care for them, Why? 

Tarnish is a thin layer of dark coating over silver jewelry, it often associates with hydrogen sulfide or sulfur in the air.

Sometimes people may think tarnish is caused by oxidation. Expert advise us silver is not reactive to water or oxygen under room temperatures.

We test these many solutions and list 7 proven ways you can DIY in the kitchen:

1, Mild dish soap &  Toothbrush (light clean)

2, Baking soda, Salt, and Aluminum foil(heavy tarnish)

3, Olive oil and lemon juice

4, Coca-Cola

5, Beer

6, Vinegar

7, Vodka

Here is the detailed guide with pictures:

Light Clean:

Things you should prepare before clean: 

Mild dish soap, toothbrush, warm water 

Step by step:

Step 1: Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water in a small bowl.

Step 2: Place your silver jewelry in the bowl, add warm water until submerging the jewelry.

Step 3: Use a toothbrush to gently scrub your jewelry under the water.

Step 4: Take it out and dry.

Light clean is a perfect method to handle fine silver and sterling silver jewelry because they are more soft and vulnerable. It won't damage the material itself but at the same time get the job done.

Heavy Tarnish:

What you need:

Baking Soda, Salt, Aluminum foil, Glass bowl, Boiling water, Lint-free cloth

How to remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry?

Step 1, Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil for this method. Make sure the shiny side of the aluminum foil faces upwards

Step 2, Add equal parts of baking soda and salt (roughly around 1 tablespoon each) to the bowl.

Step 3, Add sufficient boiling water into the bowl to dissolve the powders.

Step 4, Submerge your silver or silver-plated jewelry in the solution and leave it for several minutes. Attention: add more water until the jewelry is properly submerged(very important).

Step 5, You will notice black and yellow flakes floating away from the jewelry. This is the sulfur, it causes the oxidization in the silver, getting attracted to the foil and breaking away from the surfaces of the jewelry.

Step 6, When you feel the tarnish has mostly come off the silver, take the pieces out and rub with a lint-free cloth or a paper towel.

Step 7, Rinse the silver-plated items in warm running water and dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth.

This method will efficiently remove all the tarnish from your silver jewelry, especially is great for silver plated jewelry. 

You will find the difference is quite obvious and worth to try.

 Here is a short video to show you how to remove tarnish from silver jewelry

Silver jewelry with gemstones

Some people will ask questions like what if my silver jewelry has gemstones and other components that are also quite sensitive to chemical or acid liquid. Therefore, we have prepared some extra steps that will specifically solve those problems.

Toothpaste actually will remove and scrap off the tarnish gently, you may need a soft bristle toothbrush as well. Just be careful when you clean the area around the gemstone. However, some types of toothpaste can be abrasive, it is important to make sure there is no whiteners (other than baking soda), tartar control, or other similar chemicals. You should also avoid any type of gel. 

Additionally, the professional silver polish water in the market is a safe option too. The downside of it is the cost will be higher than the other natural polish mixture. 

Alternatively, you can opt for a glass water. Yes, I am talking about the magic water that we use to make our mirror clear again. But, do not spray it directly on the silver piece, instead, spray it onto the toothbrush and apply to your jewelry. 

 

Other options 

Olive oil and lemon juice

Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the cleaning solution and a small microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn’t drip, and rub with a lint-free cloth.

Coca-Cola

Pour some coca-cola into a bowl and soak the jewelry in it for 10 minutes - remove and rub with a lint-free cloth.

Beer

Pour some beer from the bottle into a bowl and soak the jewelry in it for 10 minutes - remove and rub with a lint-free cloth.

Vinegar

Soak the silver piece into a bowl of vinegar water (ratio: 1:1) for 10 minutes - remove and rub with a lint-free cloth.

Vodka

Pour a cup of vodka into a bowl and soak the jewelry in it for 5 minutes, dip a cloth into the vodka, remove and rub with a lint-free cloth.

How to keep silver jewelry from being tarnished?

The general idea to keep your silver jewelry in good condition possibly is to avoid humidity and abrasive. The most doable way is to keep it separately in individual boxes or bags. Please be noted that push out the air before sealing the bag. 

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