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How to Detarnish your Sterling Silver Jewelry


I have quite a bit of Sterling Silver Jewelry, some of which I wear daily, but lately a lot of it is looking rather black and tarnished.  I know there are many cleaners out there that you can purchase at the store, but I wanted to try a home remedy first to see if it would work with things that I already have at home, rather than using harsh chemicals.  I came across numerous recipes for using baking soda, hot water, and aluminum foil.  Seems simple enough!!


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Sheet of aluminum foil

shallow dish

baking soda

hot water

soft cloth


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Crumple up foil and place in the bottom of dish.

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Lay out pieces of jewelry (I only used it on Sterling Silver, with no jewels or other metals, so I am not sure how it would affect other metals and jewels) and sprinkle generously with baking soda.

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Cover with hot water.  Let sit for at least 15-20 minutes, lightly agitating the water with a spoon.  When detarnished to your liking, rinse off with water, and dry with a soft cloth.

I have to say, it worked fairly well.  My necklace that I wear daily with my kids names on it had gotten so black on the chain, wear it sits on the back of my neck, that I didn’t like wearing it anymore.  I would say it is now back to 75-80% of normal after trying this method of cleaning it up.  Will try this again for sure.