How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry

items to clean sterling silver at home

Has your solid sterling silver started to fade? Are they lacking the shine they once had? Have no fear! This at-home sterling silver cleaning remedy has been sitting right under your nose (or in this case, right in your kitchen cabinet). Here’s a quick guide on how to clean your sterling silver jewelry.

What You’ll Need

Collect these items to create your at-home remedy for cleaning sterling silver jewelry.

  1. Glass Bowl
  2. Aluminum Foil
  3. Boiling Water
  4. 1 tbsp of Baking Soda (per cup of water)
  5. Dingy, Dirty, & Solid Solid Sterling Silver Jewelry

What You Need to Do

Follow this step-by-step guide, with pictures, to clean your sterling silver jewelry.

Step 1:

Line the bottom of your bowl with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place your jewelry in the bowl – making sure that each piece makes contact with the aluminum foil.

at home sterling silver cleaner

Step 2:

In a pot, bring enough water to a boil that will fill your bowl. Add the baking soda to the boiling water. It’s okay if you see a bubbly or frothy reaction.

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Step 3:

Add the baking soda and boiling water solution to the bowl. Let this sit for at least 10 minutes. Heavier tarnish may require more time. Remove your pieces and allow them to dry.

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Why it Works

Sterling silver tarnishes due to the chemical reaction of silver and sulfur combining (the result, silver sulfide). The reaction leaves the silver looking dark, dingy, and almost black.

This at-home remedy reverses that chemical reaction, and transfers the silver sulfide atoms from the jewelry to the aluminum foil, leaving your silver as good as new!

PLEASE NOTE: This method should only be used to clean solid sterling pieces that are free of any gemstone or turquoise.

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