Tarnished Silver? How to Clean Sterling Silver

I think almost everyone has sterling silver in their home and it tarnishes over time. Or we buy vintage pieces, silverware, tea sets and jewelry that need to be brought back to their original state. The copper in sterling silver oxidizes and unless you live in a vacuum, it's going to darken.

There is a safe way to clean your pieces and it's very simple.

1) Start with a glass or plastic dish that is deep enough to cover your pieces. Don't use a metal pan.

2) Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the glass or plastic dish. If your sink is porcelain, you can line the bottom of it with the aluminum foil.

3) Pour near-boiling water in the dish.

4) Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the water.

5) Lie your piece of sterling silver on the aluminum.

6) You may need to add more baking soda to the dish until you see the tarnish coming off of your piece. You might get some bubbling.

That's all there is to it!

I'd love you to see my untarnished pieces of handmade jewelry at my
Gilded Owl Jewelry store.

Now go out and SHINE!


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