Cleaning Tarnished Jewelry

Baking soda is a great home cleaner.

Not a month goes by without someone asking me, “How do I clean my silver and gold jewelry that has turned color?”  While I have tried a couple methods in the past using a polishing cloth and dipping my jewelry in a liquid cleaner, I’ve discovered a new trick that is simple to perform at home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.  Baking Soda

2. Boiling Water

3.  Aluminum Foil

4.  Glass Casserole Dish

5.  Soft Cloth

Here’s what you’ll do:

1.  Line a casserole glass dish with foil and place jewelry on top

Sparkling bracelets after cleaning.

2.  Sprinkle with baking soda

3.  Cover jewelry with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes

4.  Remove and pat dry with a soft cloth

Last week I experimented with this method and was thrilled to see my sterling silver and gold filled chain bracelets (pictured) looking shiny and new again. Amazingly, the tarnish (and dirt) gets transferred to the foil.  This also works on pieces with pearls and semi-precious stones – just sprinkle baking soda on the metal parts and avoid the stones.  You can repeat the process for more shine and sparkle.

Happy Cleaning!


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