how to keep Tarnish Free Jewelry
Silver is one of the most popular metals that today’s jewelry is made from.
However, it is also a material that tarnishes very easily – which can prove to be very frustrating.
Tarnish is a dark coat that forms very quickly on silver jewelry when it is left out in the air, is exposed to water, or comes into contact with oils from body products such as perfumes or lotions.
Many people choose to buy a commercial silver cleaner to get the tarnish off of their favorite jewelry pieces.
But the good news is that it is not always necessary to use one of these cleaners since there are several other ways to keep silver jewelry looking pristine that don’t include buying an expensive product.
What are some of the best ways to keep your silver jewelry clean and tarnish-free?
Toothpaste and a soft cloth
Toothpaste works wonders on tarnished silver jewelry.
In order to remove the tarnish, all you have to do is squeeze out a dime-sized amount of toothpaste onto your finger.
Rub the toothpaste all over the piece of jewelry, using your finger or a soft cotton cloth.
After the toothpaste has been rubbed in, rinse the jewelry with warm water to get rid of the toothpaste. The tarnish should come right out and leave your jewelry sparkling!
Baking soda, salt water, and vinegar
Using a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar will work wonders on your silver jewelry.
First, line a pan or big bowl with aluminum foil.
Then put each piece of jewelry that you want to clean onto the foil, making sure to spread the pieces out from each other so they aren’t touching.
Boil one cup of water, and combine it with a tablespoon each of baking soda and salt.
Pour this mixture over the jewelry, and add a half a cup of vinegar.
Let the jewelry sit in the mixture for ten minutes.
Once the ten minutes have elapsed, take the jewelry out of the pan or bowl and rinse it off with cold water. Dry it with a microfiber cloth, and the shine should come right through.
However, keep in mind that if your silver jewelry has pearls or other gemstones on it (such as opal, onyx, or turquoise), this cleaning method might be too harsh and could ruin the piece.
Lemon juice and olive oil
A combination of lemon juice and olive oil will help to get rid of tarnish that has built up on silver jewelry.
Put half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice into a bowl with one teaspoon of olive oil.
Mix the lemon juice and olive oil together.
Then, use a microfiber cloth to clean your jewelry.
Dip the cloth into the mixture, use the cloth to polish your silver, and then rinse off the silver so no residue from the mixture remains.
Use a soft cloth to dry off your jewelry, and it is now ready to be worn.
Storage in a Ziploc bag
When you aren’t wearing your sterling silver jewelry, it is best to store it in a place where it won’t be exposed to air, water, or sunlight.
The easiest way to do this is by using a Ziploc bag.
Place each piece of jewelry into a separate bag, remembering to press out all of the air from the bag before it is sealed. You can even throw a piece of chalk into the bag to help absorb any moisture.
Then, store each bag in a cool, dark, and dry place.
The jewelry will stay tarnish free for as long as it is in the bag!
As long as you keep your silver jewelry clean, it will last for many years to come. Just make sure you don’t let the tarnish build up for too long of a time or the jewelry can become damaged and not able to be worn anymore!