Everyone loves when their silver jewelry is all shiny and bright like new. Unless bought oxidized, we hate to see it turn all tarnished and black leaving it useless.
But there are definite ways to clean it at home using simple methods and household ingredients.
But first, let’s see how you can prevent it from oxidizing in the first place.
1. Regular Usage
Oxidization can be avoided by wearing your jewelry often. The oils in your skin will keep it clean and shiny.
2. Avoid Exposure
Corrosion or tarnish is caused when they come in contact with any household item that contains sulfur or things like rubber chlorinated water etc, so it better o remove your jewelry before doing anything that involves these items. Also don’t expose it to direct sunlight for too long, that also causes corrosion. Also always wear the jewelry at the end so that it is saved from lotion, perfumes and deodorants as they accelerate the process.
As exposure to air tarnishes it, storing silver in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great preventative measure. Storing multiple pieces in one packet can cause scratches, so can keeping the claps hooked or locked. So it’s better to use individual packets for every piece and keep the unclasped. One can also store chalks, silica gel or any humidity soaking material along with the jewelry to keep it from tarnishing.
Now, if it’s too late and the piece is already tarnished, there are still ways o revive its bling.
1. Aluminum Foil
This is a quirky but effective way of removing the oxidization. Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon baking soda and a piece of aluminum to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds or longer, take them out using kitchen tongs.
2. Laundry detergent
To get your jewelry to sparkle, line a medium-sized bowl with aluminum foil and then fill it up with hot water. Add one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent; soak your silver for one minute. Rinse with clean water, and air-dry.
3. Corn Starch
A paste of corn starch and water will make silver look new again. Apply with a damp cloth, let dry, and rub off with something mildly abrasive, like a rough towel.
The most common and effective way to clean your silver jewelry is toothpaste. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a rag and polish your silver. Rinse it and see the sparkle revive.
5. Lemon Juice and Salt
The most easily available ingredients put together will make your silver sparkle. Soak overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup of instant dry milk and your work is done.
Return luster and shine to your silver jewelry by leaving it in 1/2 cup of white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water, and dry thoroughly.
7. Lemon-Lime Soda
Recapture shine by dunking your silver items in a container of lemon-lime soda for an hour. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Follow any of these basic solutions and you will be set. Your jewelry will shine bright, no major expenditure on silver cleaning products and you will look as radiant in those pieces as ever.
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