How To Clean Sterling Silver Jewlery

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How To Clean Sterling Silver Jewlery

Below are a few recipes you can try in your own kitchen to clean your silver jewelry. Both work very well. I’ve tried them. Of course, always work safely.

  • Make sure the kids or family pet is kept away from such poisons as ammonia.
  • Make sure the kids or family pet is away from the stove top.
  • DO NOT put anything but sterling silver items (no plated materials) into the cleaning solution.
  • DO NOT put any porous stones (turquoise), shells (mother of pearl), or pearls (cultured, freshwater) into the solution.
  • Use your common sense. When in doubt, don’t do it.
Electrolytic Cleaning Solution:
    Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap
  • ½ gallon of water
    Equipment:
  • Large pot
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic spoon
  • Stove top
  • colander or strainer
  • towel
Take a large pot, such as a spaghetti pot, and completly line the inside with aluminum foil. Pour all of the ingredients into the pot and stir with your plastic spoon. Collect the sterling silver jewelry you want to clean, and count each item so you know the total number you put into the pot. Place them into the solution and spread them out on the bottom of the pot so they don't touch each other. Bring this to a low boil for a few minutes. Then turn off the burner and let it sit for another couple of minutes. Then using the colander or strainer, pour out the solution. Rinse well with cold water making sure that all salt is rinsed off your silver. (Salt will eventually corrode metal.) Count your items as you place them on a towel to dry. Make sure you’ve accounted for all your jewelry before you throw away the aluminum. It will be dirty because the oxides on your jewelry were transferred to it. Your sterling silver jewelry should now look like new.

Super Cleaner
In an eight ounce container (pickle jars work well), combine one inch of cleaning detergent (Top Job or Mr. Clean), one inch of dish washing liquid, and one inch of ammonia. Fill the rest of the container with water. Shake well. Use your microwave to heat up solution slightly or put in an old pot (you don’t use for food) and simmer on stove top. Place jewelry (silver or gold) into solution and let sit for about ten minutes. Remove from solution and rinse with water. That’s it.

Both these cleaner work well. For silver, I prefer the first recipe since it uses ingredients most people have around the house, and it’s not as toxic as the second recipe so it’s safer if you have children or animals around your house. The Super Cleaner can also be used for cleaning your jewelry projects in between buffing compounds so your polishing wheels don’t get contaminated or caked up

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