How To Clean Silver Jewelry With Baking Soda
Did you know that you can successfully learn how to clean silver jewelry with baking soda? Cleaning jewelry with baking soda is much less expensive than if you were to bring it into a jeweler for cleaning. It's a very simple process as well. If you have silver jewelry that is starting to look dull or tarnished, you can use baking soda to help the silver shine again.
- Line a baking dish with crinkled aluminum foil. This is what the silver jewelry will be placed on and should be laid down with the shiny side up. You can use any type of container that the jewelry could be placed in without falling out, but the dish or container also needs to be able to withstand very hot water.
- Boil water. Begin by boiling water on the stove. The water will be used later on during the cleaning process.
- Arrange the silver jewelry on top of the foil. You'll want to make sure the silver pieces are touching the aluminum foil.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the jewelry. The baking soda should be poured evenly over the silver jewelry, but be careful not to use too much.
- Add the boiling water. Pour only enough of the boiling water to completely submerge the jewelry. You don't need to add any more than that. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and the water will cause fizzing or crackling sounds.
- Gently move the silver jewelry around. Use any type of wood or plastic utensil, just make sure it isn't metal, to carefully push or roll the silver jewelry around. This will allow the jewelry to get cleaned as it's coming into contact with the aluminum foil and the baking soda and water mixture.
- Rinse the jewelry. Now it's time to remove the jewelry from the dish and rinse it with water to make sure it's free of baking soda.
- Dry and polish. Finally you can dry the jewelry off with a soft towel and polish if you wish to do so.
If your silver jewelry contains a lot of tarnish that needs to be removed, consider letting it soak for up to 30 minutes.
For larger pieces of silver jewelry, you may find it easier to make a paste using baking soda and water and then use a sponge to carefully scrub the silver jewelry clean.