How to Make Homemade Silver Jewelry Cleaner


Silver jewelry can become dull and tarnished due to a chemical reaction with substances in the air that contain sulfur. To help prevent tarnishing, store each piece of your silver jewelry individually in a cotton jewelry bag. Store the jewelry bags in a dry location, away from sunlight. If your silver jewelry gets tarnished, you can restore its shine economically with a homemade silver jewelry cleaner.

How to Make Homemade Silver Jewelry Cleaner
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Things You'll Need

  • Glass bowl or jar
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. dish liquid
  • Plastic spoon
  • Cool water for rinsing
  • Clean towel
Step 1

Press the piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, onto the inside of the bowl or jar.

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Step 2

Pour hot water into the bowl or jar.

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Step 3

Add the salt, baking soda and dish liquid to the water, and stir lightly.

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Step 4

Place the silver jewelry into the cleaning mixture, and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes.

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Step 5

Remove the silver jewelry from the bowl or jar with a plastic spoon, and thoroughly rinse it with cool tap water.

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Step 6

Dry the silver jewelry completely with a clean towel.

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Tips & Warnings

  • People with sensitive skin should wear rubber or plastic gloves to avoid contact with the homemade silver jewelry cleaner.


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