How to clean your silver jewellery: Top 3 tips
When you first buy silver keepsake jewellery it will be super shiny and beautifully perfect.
- Wouldn’t it be great if it stayed that way forever?
Trouble is…you also want to wear and enjoy your jewellery – and that means it’s gonna get grubby!
Here are 3 ways I recommend (and 9 that I don’t!!) to look after your keepsake jewellery – to keep it as clean and as shiny as the day you bought it.
#1 Silver Polishing Cloth
The quickest and easiest way to keep things shiny is using a silver cleaning cloth. A silver cleaning cloth is impregnated with an anti-tarnish product. This will remove surface dirt, makeup and grime. Just rub your jewellery and watch it come back to life.
You can do this every day if you like…I do!! A cleaning cloth only costs a few pounds and lasts for years. I would recommend ‘Town Talk’. You can buy it online or from Argos.
#2 Liquid Dip Cleaner
This little pot of liquid is good at cleaning charms but it is even better for intricate jewellery – like chains and necklace links. The liquid can access all the places that get grubby. Be prepared for a nasty smell of sulphur and rotten eggs…this will stink if your jewellery is tarnished…but it works well.
Don’t leave jewellery in the solution or it will damage it. Just dip it in, then rinse it in clean water. Also, need to be careful not to dip certain metals and stones – read the instructions carefully!
If you have mini print jewellery (jewellery with miniature prints of your child’s hands and feet) where the prints have been made black, this is done by oxidising the silver. If you dip it in this solution it can lift off the black oxidised patina. Don’t panic! It can be redone.
#3 Ultrasonic Cleaner
- Ultrasonic Cleaner £30 – £300
With an ultrasonic cleaner, you submerge your jewellery in a tank with liquid, which is then hit with high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves create bubbles and a gentle but powerful cleaning action in the fluid that cleans all surfaces of the jewellery.
Ultrasonic cleaners are great but you need to be careful if you clean jewellery with stones as it can dislodge them! This is the machine I use and it costs about £30, a bottle of the cleaning solution is about £10. (Some ultrasonic cleaners can cost hundreds of pounds).
#4 Tin Foil
Bring one litre of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of tin foil to the boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove…
#5 Laundry Powder
Line a medium-sized bowl with tin foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent, then soak your silver for one minute. Rinse with clean water, and air-dry.
Squirt a small amount on a paper towel, and rub gently over the tarnished areas. If your silver isn’t getting shinier, let it sit in the ketchup for 15 minutes, then rub with a soft cloth and rinse clean.
Make a paste of cornstarch & water and apply with a damp cloth, let dry, then rub off with something very mildly abrasive, like cheesecloth or a rough towel.
#8 Hand Sanitizer
Squirt a few drops on a damp cloth and watch the shine appear…and the germs disappear! 2020 edit…the year hand sanitizer became our best friend – please do not leave this on the surface of your jewellery as it will damage/corrode it long term.
#9 Fizzy water with lemon and lime
Leave your jewellery in a glass of fizzy water and lemon and lime for about an hour…(best not to drink it afterwards!)
Rub a small amount on a cloth and watch the shine return.
#11 Window Cleaner
For the thrill seekers…personally it seems a bit extreme to hang out of windows just to clean your jewellery…but each to their own.
Alternatively, you could give your jewellery a skoosh of good ol’ Mr Muscle and that should clean up your silver too…and needs less danger money.
Is there anything vinegar CAN’T do???
Soak it in 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water, and dry thoroughly.
So there you go! No excuses for mucky jewellery…I’d definitely stick to option 1, 2 or 3 – but the choice is yours.
Let me know how you keep your keepsake jewellery in tip-top condition. Comment below…
If you don’t comment I’ll suspect you’re one of the grubby ones…