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How to Clean Your Silver Plated Jewelry

How to Clean Your Silver Plated Jewelry

All sterling silver-plated jewelry will tarnish at some point due to exposure to air. Silver-plated jewelry generally has a very thin layer of silver that covers the alloy base metal. Because the coating is so thin on the base, cleaning needs to be done carefully to keep up the item’s shine.

Quick Cleaning
Rub on toothpaste and just wash off.

Deeper Cleaning
Materials Needed:
Small bowl
Soft cloth
Aluminum foil
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. salt
1 cup hot water

Step 1: Place a 6”x6” piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of a small ceramic bowl or an aluminum pan.
Step 2: Mix the salt, baking soda and hot water until salt and soda dissolve. Pour into bowl.
Step 3: Place your jewelry into the solution and let it sit for a few minutes. Check it periodically and see if the tarnish is coming off. The aluminum causes a chemical reaction with the salt and baking soda called oxidation, which will restore the shine to your silver plated jewelry.
Step 4: Remove the jewelry after 10 minutes, or when you see that the tarnish or dirt seems to have mostly disappeared.
Step 5: Rinse the jewelry under lukewarm water, then dry with a soft, lint free cloth.

Humidity encourages tarnishing, so always store silver-plated jewelry in a cool, dry place. A simple plastic re-closeable bag with a pouch of silica gel desiccant will work perfect. Note: All of my sterling silver plated items are shipped with a silica gel desiccant packet.

Using polishing cloths or jewelry cleaners on silver-plated items it is not advised. They can scratch the piece or cause more harm than good.

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