How do I keep my silver from tarnishing?
Place tarnished silver on foil, pour over boiling water, sprinkle over a good quantity of baking soda – at least a few Tbsp.
- Watch as the tarnish moves from the silver to the foil. Repeat again as necessary.
- Once clean, remove from solution, wash well in warm soapy water and buff dry with a soft cloth.
Place wrapped silver in resealable plastic bags. Seal and store. Tip: Chalk absorbs moisture, and moisture causes tarnish. To slow tarnishing, wrap a piece of chalk in cheesecloth and place it in the bag with your silver.
- Use a straight pin to gently pull out all of the knots. If that doesn't work, place the necklace on a hard, nonporous surface such as glass. Apply several drops of baby oil or mineral oil to the chain, then use the pin to untangle the links. Proper storage should help prevent tangling.
- Now follow the steps.
- Step 1: undo the clasp. If your necklace has a clasp or latch, undo it.
- Place a few drops of oil on the chain.
- Lay out your necklace on a flat surface.
- Step 4: take two needles (or safety pins)
- Step 5: start to untangle the knot.
- Step 6: clean your necklace.
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Over time, any sterling silver jewelry piece exposed to air will tarnish. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. It's the other metals, primarily copper, that cause sterling silver to tarnish. The copper reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air, causing the tarnishing reaction.
- Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil “recipe.” Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it's very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs.
- Do not use this method if your jewelry has pearls or gem stones. Toothpaste with baking soda is another common household item that you can use to clean sterling silver. Coat the item in toothpaste and rub it with a soft cloth. Rinse it under warm water and dry.
- White vinegar and baking soda: Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish that's preventing you from polishing your silver. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.
Updated: 21st October 2019