I admit, I'm not very good at wiping off my jewelry when I take it off and I tend to wear my favorite pieces day after day. When I got my new Origami Owl lockets, charms and dangles, I pulled out some of the chains I hadn't worn in a while and discovered a few of them had tarnished in a few places.
As the chains are silver plated, I decided to try an old recipe I had used to remove tarnish from a silver tea set using simple household ingredients. I love that this recipe uses ingredients everyone has in their homes and no harsh chemicals.
How to do:
- Line a bowl with aluminum foil
- Heat a cup of water in the microwave to Hot (not boiling)
- Add a teaspoon of table salt and a teaspoon of baking soda to the cup and stir to dissolve
- Pour into the foil lined bowl
- Add silver plated chains
- Soak 10-15 minutes, depending on amount of tarnish
- Remove chains and wash with soap and water
- Dry with soft cloth and let air dry several hours before wearing
Soak between 10-15 minutes will remove most tarnish. If your pieces are severely tarnished, it might take several hot water/salt/baking soda soaks to remove.
To keep tarnish at bay, wipe down your chains when you take them off at night. (Don't sleep in them, please...the lockets are fragile.)
I apologize for my blurry photo, but I wanted to make it large enough to show the tarnish and gunk is gone without harsh chemicals or funky smelling stuff! I haven't tried this on anything but my silver chains so far. If I try it on anything else, I'll let you know.
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