One thing on my “to do” list this week (as I’m off of work) is to clean my silver jewelry. These pieces just seems to be very, very tarnished…

tarnished silver jewelry
honestly, the flash makes these pieces look less tarnished than they really are

probably from a year of hanging out in the open (as opposed to being tucked away in a jewelry box).

Earrings hanging on a framed piece of mesh wire
My earrings hang on a framed piece of mesh wire outside my closet door, and
necklaces hanging on a rack inside my closet door
my necklaces hang on a rack inside my closet door.

One non-toxic alternative I have is to scrub each piece ever so gently with toothpaste. Since I’d really like to get a bunch of pieces clean all at once (and I feel kinda lazy this rainy winter week), I thought I’d try this method:

Ingredients:

silver jewelry cleaning ingredients

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Boiling water

1. Line a container with aluminum foil.

aluminum foil lining a bowl

2. Place silver into container on top of aluminum.

3. Pour in boiling water (I poured in about 3 cups)

4. Add approximately 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons salt.
baking soda and salt
At this point, I need to warn you, the baking soda and salt will make the water foam a bit and give off a not so pleasant smell…it’s not horrible, but definitely not in line to be a perfume someday.
silver jewelry soaking in boiling water baking soda and salt

5. Let sit for 15 minutes.

6. Rinse and dry pieces thoroughly.

The result is that it REALLY WORKS!

My pieces are super shiny now – no rubbing involved.
shiny and clean silver jewelry

And, I’m happy to check that off the end of year chore list!

Be Happy, Be Green,
~ Lita

Lita

1 Comment on Green Tip Tuesday – Cleaning Silver Jewelry

  1. Erin Love
    December 29, 2010 at 10:20 am (6 years ago)

    Great tip!!!