- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So a few months back I got earrings for my bridesmaids from an etsy seller, and they are gorgeous! Unfortunatly, as the fittings are made of silver, I noticed that they had begun to tarnish. Not wanting to give my girls tarnished jewelry, and hoping to find an inexpensive way to clean them, I came across this site that had some great suggestions: http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-clean-silver-jewelry/. I was hoping to avoid having to buy jewelry cleaner, as I’ve heard it can sometimes strip jewelry.
Basically, the recipe I used is this. Apparently the aluminum and salt interact to pull off the tarnish (gotta love science!). It’s awesome because most of us already have these materials at home, so it’s a great easy and cheap way to clean silver jewelry. What you’ll need:
1 Bowl (cereal bowl works great)
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 cup Warm/Hot Water
Cover the bottom of the bowl in aluminum (I put it shiny side up). Pour in the hot water (as hot as you can get from tap, no need to boil it), and mix in the salt. Then place your jewelry in the water, so that the most tarnished places are covered in salt (add more salt as needed). Leave for 4-5min. For more tarnished pieces, leave longer.
This worked perfectly for me, and all of the girls’ earrings look good as new! Some of the earrings were good after a few minutes, and some I had to leave in longer and add additional salt.
Hopefully this is helpful to other bees! 🙂