How Do I Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry?

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Silver jewelry can be cleaned in a number of inexpensive ways, including the use of baking soda, an aluminum pan and water. Create a science experiment for cleaning silver jewelry with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on jewelry cleaning tips.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to clean your tarnished silver jewelry. The good thing about metal is there's all sorts of neat little scientific experiments you can use to clean your metal and go grab the kids because this is somethin', you know, it's a science lesson in itself. If you have some baking soda and water, you can do this, and it's really cool. It's really easy. You want to have an aluminum take out container. These are, you know, disposable. They're things that you'd put a casserole in to take somethin' to a friends house or if you give a gift of, you know, banana bread to one of your friends or somethin', you always keep 'em in these little aluminum tins that are real disposable. So, have your aluminum pan and grab your silver jewelry, put it into the pan, sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda over it. After you've done this, have some boiling water on the stove, you know, ready to go while you're, before you even start this part, but, grab your boiling water. Pour it over the silver with the baking soda and it'll bubble. After you put your boiling water in there, you want to grab a fork or you know, wooden spoon or something, whatever, to turn your jewelry over. And the more your jewelry comes in contact with this aluminum, the shinier it's going to be. You're going to want to move it around a lot and there may still be little cracks and crevices that are in the corners. Don't worry about those yet. Let your jewelry sit in that water and turn it around until the water's not hot anymore. After it's not hot, take your jewelry out. Dry it off really well. If you think you need to rinse it off because you know you think it may, if it if it still has some baking soda on it, you only want to rinse it in distilled water. Silver's a little bit sensitive and distilled water will keep it from reacting with all the chemicals in the tap water. So, dry it off really well, and you can buy these silver jewelry cleaning clothes. One side is for cleaning. The other side is for buffing and these will give 'em a nice finish and help you get into all the little details of the jewelry. If you wear your silver, it will not tarnish and it will not rust or anything like that, and if you can keep it in a airtight container like a Tupperware bowl or something like that, that'll keep it from tarnishing, so...I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you clean silver jewelry.

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