How to Clean Sterling Silver Using Natural and Everyday Household Items

by Deena on December 4, 2013

Over the past few years, I would go into my jewelry box to find a certain piece I wanted to wear… only to notice that the piece was tarnished.  I would tell myself ok, next time I go to the store I need to see if I can find something to clean them with.  Only to remember that quest the very next time I went into my jewelry box to look for something. (sigh)

So today, in discussions with a friend – she says just use water, aluminum foil and baking soda to remove the tarnish.  Who knew?  Well probably everyone but me…


1.  Here are the pieces I decided to clean.  They are all sterling silver.

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2.  Close up of one of the rings

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3.  To test it out, I used the following:  small glass bowl, a piece of aluminum foil that I crumpled, a tablespoon of baking soda, and boiling water

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4.  I placed my jewelry into the bowl and boiled water in the microwave (about 2 1/2 mins for 2 cups).  Then I poured the bowling water into the bowl, using just enough water to cover the jewelry.

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5.  I stirred the concoction using a plastic knife and let it sit for about 10 mins.

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6.  Afterwards I rinsed off the jewelry in warm water and dried them with a towel.

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Close up of the ring post cleaning… dec 2013 018

I would highly recommend this to anyone needing to clean sterling silver.  I certainly will use this again vs any store bought chemical cleaner.

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Karen Chase March 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Looks awesome! It’s difficult to find anti tarnish remedies for things like jewelry and dinnerware that actually works. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind next time!

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