How Clean Tarnished Jewelry

How Clean Tarnished JewelryIf you’ve ever picked up your expensive jewelry and noticed signs of tarnishing, you’ll understand the frustration it can cause. Fortunately, with these tips, you can restore your jewelry to its gleaming old self, with little more than a bit of time, and things you’re likely to have in your own home.

Disclaimer: the “tin-foil” method can be damaging to jewelry that is made from thread, and should only be used on jewelry that is made with wire. Additionally, any home method for cleaning jewelry should, where possible, be tested on a small piece first.

The Tin-Foil Method

If you have diamonds or pearls, this method may work for you. Take glass dish and line it with some tin foil, placing the jewelry you wish to clean in the dish. Next, boil some water, then pour the water into the dish so that it completely submerges the item.

Now you need to add some baking soda – three tablespoons should do it – to the water. This will cause the water to bubble, and there may be a strange smell, but don’t worry, this normal. Leave your jewelry for a while, and, hey presto, it should be tarnish free. Try adding a little more baking soda to speed the process up a little.

Alternative Methods

The above method may be fine for diamonds and pearls, but what about gold and silver? Fear not, here are some other methods for those most precious of metals.

For gold, all you will need is an old toothbrush, and some mild soap, like baby shampoo. Wash the gold gently with warm water and soap first, then, holding it under a warm tap, rub the jewelry with the toothbrush. When you’re done, dry it off with a soft cloth.

Silver, on the other hand, requires a little more tin-foil. Take a glass and fill it about two thirds full with hot water. Add a little salt, and drop your silver jewelry in. Cut or rip some small strips of tin-foil, and drop them into the glass also. Now, stir the mixture until your silver is gleaming. For a particularly stubborn tarnish, add a little more salt.

Jewelry tends to be expensive, so it’s understandable that you’d want to keep it in as good a condition as possible. While the above methods should be able to get your jewelry sparkling, even if they’re in a pretty bad way, the best way to ensure they stay like new is to clean them regularly.

And always try any cleaning method on a small part of jewelry first, to be sure it won’t damage the rest.


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