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How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry With Baking Soda

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it works even more effectively with washing soda.

Don't do this with pearls, gemstones are fine though.

Bunbaker Wed 06-Feb-13 07:25:26

Brilliant. I know what I will be doing today.

Thank you

Urbanvoltaire Wed 06-Feb-13 07:23:26

I saw this method on that Kim & Aggie programme but I think they used salt instead of bicarbonate of soda. I've a few dull looking necklaces which I'll try this out on, thanks v much!

FadBook Mon 04-Feb-13 01:16:36

Thanks! I'll be trying that this week. I have a few silver pieces of jewellery which I've been meaning to clean for months but had got around to buying silver cleaning stuff. I like this more natural method smile

wanting Mon 04-Feb-13 00:55:38

Sterling silver reacts with moisture to create a layer of tarnish or oxidation on its surface. Baking soda activated by boiling water in the presence of aluminum, will dislodge the tarnish by making it bind with the aluminum, leaving the sterling silver clean and shiny again. This is the simple, organic way to clean and polish your sterling silver jewelry. Does this Spark an idea?

1.Boil just enough water to submerge all of the sterling silver pieces.
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2.Line a glass or plastic dish with a slightly crumpled piece of aluminum foil. If you have a small aluminum pan that you won't be needing for food preparation again, use that instead.
3.Lay your jewelry on the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum.
4.Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the jewelry.
5.Pour enough boiling water to immerse the jewelry. Bubbling should occur, giving off a rotten-egg odor (the sulfuric gases released by the cleaning action).
6.Move the pieces around gentle with a wood or plastic utensil to ensure that all of the silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum. You will notice that the silver has become bright again
7.Rinse the jewelry under tap water. To ensure that you don't lose small pieces like earrings and pendants, put a sieve over the drain to catch whatever may slip off your fingers.
8.Wipe the pieces gently with an absorbent towel and polish with a soft cloth.

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