This is my favorite trick to clean silver jewelry!! You must give it a try.
Silver is a soft metal, so for the purpose of creating jewelry, bowls, platters or flatware, it is mixed with other metals to give it strength. It is actually the other metals (most commonly copper) that react with the air and cause tarnish. Silver is deemed “sterling” when it is at least 92.5% silver. The higher the silver content, the less a piece will tarnish, so it’s worthwhile (especially for the lazy girl) to invest in sterling.
TO CLEAN TARNISH FROM SILVER JEWELRY:
Place the tarnished silver in an aluminum baking pan or pie plate, or line a dish with tinfoil.
Boil water. Sprinkle baking soda over the silver piece, pour the boiling water on it, and watch the tarnish disappear!
Beware when cleaning any jewelry with pearls – they are very delicate and the finish on them can be ruined by jewelry cleaners. I was wary even with baking soda, so I used this method to clean the charms:
1) line a shot glass with tinfoil, 2) add a scoop of baking soda, 3) pour boiling water in to glass, 4) dip charms into glass by holding onto the pearl.
CLEANING TARNISHED SILVER FLATWARE
Happy day lovelies!!!