Maintaining your jewelry can be a tough task. You need to keep it clean and shiny, which might take some effort and use of shiners or polishers. Read on to find out how you can do this.
Make your own cleaner
You can use silver cleaners to clean silver jewelry but not all the jewelry can be cleaned by these cleaners. You cannot submerge jewelry with pearls or opaque gemstones into these cleaners as they could damage the softer stones like turquoise, opal, onyx, and carnelian, etc. If they get dirty, give them a short rinse.
After cleaning silver jewelry with a silver cleaner, you should thoroughly rinse it with running tap water or clean it with a damp piece of cloth. This is mostly useful for the case of detailed or etched jewelry items. Polish can stick in the crevices of the patterns and harden. After rinsing, clean the silver jewelry with a microfiber cloth which will prevent the jewelry from forming white water stains.
Soap and water: If the polishing cloth fails to clean the tarnish, you can clean silver jewelry using a mixture of warm water and dishwashing soap (ammonia and phosphate-free). If this does not work, try the methods mentioned below. You should also use the soap and water to clean silver jewelry before any of the other methods mentioned.
Baking soda and water: non-whitening toothpaste can serve as a good substitute for the silver cleaners nut these toothpaste are hard to find and are difficult to distinguish from the ones that will discolor your jewelry. What you can do instead is, to make a paste of water and baking soda and apply a small amount to the silver jewelry. Use a cloth to slowly polish. For detailed items or items that are etched or stamped, you can use a clean soft toothbrush to clean the crevices and the cracks.
Once you are done, rinse the jewelry with running water and dry it with a clean cloth.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix half a cup lemon juice with a teaspoon of olive oil in a container. Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution, wipe, and polish the silver. Once you are done, rinse it with water and dry.
White vinegar and baking soda: Make a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak the tarnished silver in the solution and leave it there for 2-3 hours. As result you might notice fizzing, but it is normal. Rinse and dry once done.
Baking soda, salt, aluminum foil, and boiling water: You can make use of a simple chemical reaction to clean silver jewelry. Ingredients for this product include:
Baking Powder, aluminum foil and salt.
Line the kitchen sink or a glass roasting-pan with aluminum foil with the dull side facing down. Place the silver jewelry on the aluminum foil and then pour boiling water over them until they are covered. Now add two tablespoons of salt and two tablespoons of baking soda. You don’t want the granules to scratch the jewelry so stir until completely dissolved.
The chemical reaction would cause the tarnish to transfer to the foil. You will then see the tarnish disappear from the jewelry within 5-10 minutes. You might witness a smell similar to that of a rotten egg; this is because the sulfide tarnish is coming off the metal. This is normal and there is nothing to worry about.
Once done, rinse the jewelry with running water and wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
Use the multipurpose WD-40
The reason why we mention WD-40 as a separate cleaning agent to clean silver jewelry is that it is simple to buy, and use. All you need to do is to buy a can of WD-40 multi-use spray and use it.
Spray it on the silver jewelry and use a clean microfiber cloth to polish it in a circular motion. You will slowly see the tarnish disappear.
WD-40 is an excellent cleaning agent that you can use to clean and shine your jewelry and several other items. Due to its composition, it does not harm the texture of the material you are cleaning. Therefore it leaves behind a shiny and new look of the material– jewelry in this case.
A fresh look for your jewelry
If properly taken care of, silver jewelry can ensure several years of enjoyment and pleasure and can become a family heirloom. You know silver is an expensive metal, therefore you should not wait for the tarnish to build up before you plan to clean it. Keep a can of WD-40 at your home and keep cleaning it periodically, to ensure a fresh look of your jewelry.