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Silver Lining: How to Clean your Jewelry on the Cheap

I recently came across two beloved but long neglected silver necklaces that, in the recesses of my jewelry box, had tarnished to an unsightly, unrecognizable brown. Eager to wear them again, I set out to find a gentle, convenient and budget-friendly silver jewelry cleaning option.

Many polishing products and routines are abrasive or require scrubbing, and home cleaning machines can run as much as jewelry itself! I stumbled upon a home remedy that I was skeptical about but thought was worth a try. And it costs–well, nothing! It’s likely you have everything you need around the house.

You Need:

  • A glass casserole dish
  • A Pot of boiling water
  • Piece of tin foil  (approx. 7″ x 7 “)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • A fork
  • A cup of water
  • A cloth

The Steps:

  • Line the casserole dish with the tin foil.
  • Pour boiling water in the casserole dish.
  • Pour the baking soda and salt on top of the foil.
  • Use a fork to lower the jewelry (every single inch) into the dish. It should rest on the tin foil.
  • Leave the jewelry submersed for three to five minutes.
  • Use the fork to remove the jewelry.
  • Rinse silver jewelry in water and buff dry.

Bling! Without any elbow grease or spending, the most tarnished silver jewelry, like mine, will look brand new!

This has been a guest post by Alissa from NY
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13 thoughts on “Silver Lining: How to Clean your Jewelry on the Cheap”

  1. Segusr says:

    I’ve always used a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, both can usually be gotten for free. some of the more “delicate” items i just use my fingers and toothpaste

  2. Pita00711 says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!  I am going to try both this and the toothpaste and see which is best.  I work with a lot of jewelry and this would be soooo helpful.  No more having to go buy cleaners.  Yeah!!!

  3. Gansta10000 says:

    Who took those pictures? They are amazing!

  4. Xbitterxsweeetx says:

    or ketchup~ lol I read it from pinterest and it worked :) I’m gonna try the toothpaste way ^^

  5. mookie says:

    Does this work to get the smell as well as the tarnish off of the cheap forever 21 jewelry?

  6. Sara_neves says:

    thanks for the tip! Both ideas are awesome. Ill keep these in mind. Thanks alyssa :)

  7. courtingcouponing says:

    I wonder if this will work on costume and cheap forever 21 jewelry?

    • woman says:

      it usually does work, just make sure its good old-fashion regular toothpaste.  NO Abrasive.  

  8. Stacy says:

    I always use toothpaste.

  9. Guest says:

    Yeah, toothpaste does a great job and a toothbrush gets into the tiny gaps/grooves.  Rinse with water – 10 seconds tops!!

  10. An even faster and easier way to clean sterling silver without the cost and trouble of cleaning solutions is to use toothpaste.  Skip the pot of boiling water.  Instead, put a glob of regular toothpaste on an old toothbrush or use your fingers to work it into the grooves and then wash it off. It comes out shinier than your photo here. 

    • Writetocynthia says:

      Shud try this… I have a silver necklace which I need to polish…

    • Couponoisseur says:

      I’ve tried both, and honestly, this method is more effective than toothpaste… and without the trouble of having to scrub.