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Amazing Way to Clean Silver Jewelry at Home!
When silver tarnishes, it no longer has the beautiful luster it originally had and develops a dark black coating. Tarnish is unsightly but it can be easily removed using a simple technique and items that you may already have at home. Tarnish can be easily removed on silver utensils, silver frames, silver coins, silvery jewelry, and other silver and silver coated items.
Supplies Needed to Clean Tarnished Silver
- Baking soda
- Large glass or plastic container, like a glass baking pan
- Water to boil
- Aluminum foil
- Soft towel
Preparation: Assemble Supplies to Clean Silver
Line the inside of the container with aluminum foil, keeping the shiny side of the foil facing up. Boil enough water to fill the container. Lay the silver items in the container making sure that the surface of the silver is making contact with the foil as much as possible.
Method: Cleaning Tarnished Silver with Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda
Spread an even layer of baking soda over the silver items. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the silver until it is completely immersed. The boiling water and baking soda may expand and foam, so be careful to avoid getting burned. Allow this solution to sit on the silver for up to 30 minutes. Check on the silver to see if the tarnish has been removed. If it has not been removed, drain the liquid and repeat the procedure.
You may also make a paste of hot water and baking soda, which can be rubbed onto the silver before placing it on aluminum foil and covering with water. Making a paste is useful for a more concentrated, precise application.
Clean-Up: Cleaning Restored Silver
Once the tarnish has been removed, take the silver out of the water. Rinse the items in clean water and dry them with a soft towel. Dispose of the used aluminum, which may be discolored from the reaction. The used water is non-toxic and safe to dispose of.
How it Works: Why Tarnish Occurs and How to Reverse Tarnish
Tarnish is silver sulfide that has settled onto the surface of the silver. When silver is polished, the silver sulfide is removed, but so is a layer of the silver. When aluminum and baking soda are used to restore silver, a chemical reaction occurs that reverses the silver sulfide. Using this method, the silver itself is not harmed or removed as it would be with polishing.
Restoring silver to the original luster is simple and an easy way to make tarnished pieces usable again. This method can be used on any silver, restoring old and antique pieces to make them look new again.
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