Monday, July 27, 2009

A Really Easy Way to Clean Silver Jewelry

I'm on a bit of a silver kick right now. I usually love gold jewelry and I do love my black stones and beads, but I decided it's time to mix things up a bit.

So, I dug out some of my silver jewelry and I noticed some of them had really tarnished. I usually use a mix of toothpaste and baking soda with a toothbrush to buff off the tarnishing, but I wanted to find something a bit less abrasive.

I did a search online and apparently there is a really easy (and eco-friendly!) way to clean tarnished jewelry! Yay!

Basically, you need an aluminium plate (or a regular plate covered in aluminium foil) and about a tbsp each of salt and baking soda. Mix the salt and baking soda on the plate and cover it with warm water then stir it till they dissolve. Then just put your jewelry in that for a few minutes and tada! If your stuff is really, really tarnished you may have to redo the process but it's just soo easy!

Here is a link that I found explaining the process:
How to Clean Tarnished Silver

Another great tip:
The first thing I do whenever I buy costume jewelry is coat it with clear nail polish. My skin tends to react with metals and thats causes both the jewelry and my skin to turn a funny color. Coating my jewelry with nail polish really extends it's wearability. My grandmother taught me to coat my earring posts with clearn nail polish too, to prevent nickel allergies.

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