how to clean silver jewelry

Sterling silver is of the most cherished and popular precious metals. It is particularly popular in jewelry but its fragile nature leaves it prone to scratches and quick tarnishing. Silver easily reacts with chemicals in the air and over time loses its shine and can even show black or brownish tarnishing. This is by no means an indication that your silver is not good quality; it is, in fact, quite the opposite.

Silver jewelry can be professionally cleaned to return its beautiful luster. However sometimes professional cleaning can be costly. Of course, vinegar offers an affordable and easy alternative.

Here’s an alternative silver cleaner using vinegar and regular household items:

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs table salt
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • Foil – enough to line the bowl
  1. Line the bowl with the foil and place jewelry into the lined bowl
  2. Put the baking soda and salt over the jewelry
  3. Add the vinegar – the mixture will fizz
  4. Add the boiling water and allow the jewelry to sit for a few minutes


See, it’s your own little chemistry experiment!

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