A Dozen Easy Ways to Remove the Tarnish From Your Silver

Silver is a beautiful type of metal that is featured in most jewelry pieces. But when silver tarnishes, it loses its original shine and attraction. If you are combing through your jewelry chest and see that some of your silver pieces have tarnished, don’t worry. Here are a dozen household items that will restore the shine in your silver pieces.

1. Cornstarch

Cornstarch is a common household item that doesn’t get used very often, here is a way to use cornstarch to get rid of tarnish on silver. Dampen a soft cloth with cold water. Apply a small amount of cornstarch to the cloth. Wrap your silver jewelry in the damp cloth and wait until the cloth dries. Then, using a mild abrasive, rub off the silver piece.

2. Vinegar

Vinegar is a great cleaning tool and can easily be used to remove the most stubborn tarnish from your silver jewelry. Combine ⅔ cup white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Fully immerse your silver jewelry in the mixture. Let it sit for two to three hours. Rinse the jewelry under cold water and pat dry.

3. Ketchup

If you think ketchup is only good for dipping french fries in, then you are sadly mistaken. Ketchup can also be used to remove tarnish from silver. Squirt a dime sized portion of ketchup onto a paper towel. Rub the ketchup on your silver jewelry. Let the ketchup sit on your piece for at least 15 minutes. Then, rub with a soft cloth. Make sure to rinse your silver with soap and cold water after to get rid of the ketchup smell.

4. Laundry detergent

Laundry detergent doesn’t only clean your clothes, it can also clean your silver. Line a medium-sized glass bowl with a sheet of aluminum foil. Then, fill the bowl 2/3 of the way full with boiling water. Wisk in one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent. Take your silver jewelry and fully immerse them in the mixture. Let them sit for one minute. Rinse with warm water and let air dry.

Check out how you can also use laundry detergent to clean your diamonds!

5.  Lemon juice and dry milk

Lemon juice and dry milk don’t usually mix, but in this recipe they mix together to create a powerful cleaning tool. Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice,  1 ½  cups water, and ½ cup of instant dry milk. Place your silver jewelry into the mixture and let it sit overnight. In the morning, remove your jewelry and rinse under cold water.

6. Toothpaste

There are many uses for toothpaste, one of them being to clean your silver jewelry. Take a small amount of toothpaste and rub it into a soft cloth. Then, taking the soft cloth, massage the affected areas of your silver. Rinse with cold water. If you do not like your silver smelling minty fresh, you can rinse it with soap and cold water to get rid of the smell.

7. Windex

Windex is commonly used to polish windows, but it is equally effective at polishing silver. Spray a rag or soft brush with windex. Make sure to fully soak the cloth or brush. Gently scrub the silver ring or bracelet with the rag. Once your silver is shining again, thoroughly rinse your jewelry with cold water.

While you have the windex, check out how you can use it to untangle your jewelry!

8. Hand sanitizer

You use hand sanitizer to clean your hands, so why not use it to clean your silver necklaces or bracelets? Put a quarter size amount of hand sanitizer on a soft cloth. Gently rub your silver with the cloth. Rinse your silver under cold water.

9. Baking soda

Baking soda can be used for everything, so it is no surprise that it can also remove tarnish from your precious silver jewelry. Line your sink with a sheet of aluminum foil. If your sink is stainless steel, then line a glass bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the sink or bowl with boiling water. Mix in 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Gently place your silver necklaces or bracelets into the solution. Leave the pieces to soak for 10 minutes. Rinse with soap and warm water ,and buff with a soft cloth or brush.

10. Ammonia

Join together 1 cup warm water and ½ cup clear ammonia. Soak your silver jewelry in the mixture for 10 minutes. Using a soft cloth, gently rub the silver pieces dry.

Ammonia is not only great for removing tarnish on silver, but also is an easy way to clean your diamonds.  

11. Conditioner

Conditioner is not only for your hair, it is also a great tool for preventing tarnish build up on your silver. Using soap and cold water, clean your silver jewelry. Then, rub conditioner on your silver and let air dry.

12. Chalk

Chalk might seem like a toy for kids, but it can also be used to prevent tarnish on your silver jewelry. Place a few pieces of chalk in your jewelry chest or drawer. The chalk will absorb the moisture in the chest or drawer and prevent tarnish build up on your precious silver.

If you are still unable to remove the stubborn tarnish from your silver jewelry, come by Malak Jewelers we would love to help you. While you are here, check out our large selection of silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.   

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