Thursday, August 18, 2011

3 Homemade Sterling Silver Cleaners

Silver is so beautiful and we love wearing the jewelry.  The problem is when it is not in use, it can tarnish.  Making sure that it is not scratched is a priority so you need to be careful on how you clean real sterling silver, marked .925 pieces.

Here are some cleaners that you can make to clean your silver inexpensively and without chemicals.

2. Purchase some Plain White Toothpaste (no gel or whiteners in it it) along with an old toothbrush.  Rinse your jewelry under cool water and then place a tad of toothpaste onto the toothbrush and light brust the grime off of your jewelry. Rinse your pieces under cool water and towel dry.

2. Purchase a box of washing soda (found in the laundry detergent aisle) and lay a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of a glass baking dish.  Pour 3-4 cups of warm water and following directions on the washing soda box on how many teaspoons to add per cups of water to your container. Wait a few seconds and lay your silver jewelry in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil and let them soak for around 20 minutes or so.  You will see the tarnish removed from the jewelry on to the foil. Remove your jewelry and then rinse under cool running water and towel dry.

3. You will need 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice mixed together. Dip your jewelry pieces into the mixture and use an old toothbrush to loosen up the grime. Rinse under water and towel dry.  If your pieces are heavily soiled, let them soak in the milk solution for 10-15 minutes and then rinse and dry.

These cleaners should take care of your silver jewelry easily. Do not use these on silver plated items.  Much of the flatware you see is silver plated and all sterling is marked .0925 or 92.5.

By using any of the homemade household cleaners, your jewelry is ready for wearing quickly.  Restore your old sterling jewelry easily and enjoy wearing your old beautiful pieces often.

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

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