Wellness Wednesday #26: A Cleaner Way to Clean Your Jewelry
My moose earrings that I got in Colorado several years ago are some of my favorites, but I haven’t worn them in over a year. It’s never been too easy to tell that they are meese moose, but when they’re so tarnished that they’re practically black, it’s really hard to tell what they are.
Now that it’s Christmas time, I really want to wear them, so I looked into a non-toxic way to clean them. I didn’t want to get jewelry cleaner from the store, because I can only imagine what they put in those jars.
I found a forum that listed several ways to clean jewelry, and I chose the method that used the fewest ingredients and seemed quickest, easiest, and cheapest. Here’s what I did:
How to Clean Your Silver
- Line a pie pan with aluminum foil.
- Pour some baking soda on the foil.
- Lay your silver on top of the baking soda.
- Pour boiling water over it.
- Carefully take your jewelry out, rinse with water, and allow to dry.
The instructions that I found said to wait for a few seconds, but it took longer for me. I set everything up, started a load of laundry, and then checked on it. It was probably about five minutes.
Some of the jewelry still looked a little tarnished, but once I rubbed it with my fingers, it came right off. Mine still aren’t perfect, but this works for me! Even more time probably would have helped.
I used a little strainer when I rinsed my earrings, because I’m awful about losing earrings, and there is a 100% chance that I would have dropped at least one down the drain if I didn’t have the strainer.
The tarnish that was on my jewelry was left on the foil. I took a picture so you can compare the foil that I used with a new, shiny piece.
Speaking of pictures, I’m a dumb-dumb and didn’t take any before pictures. I didn’t take any pictures of the process, either. I just got so excited about having pretty earrings again that I didn’t think about it. If you try this with your jewelry, take pics and post the before and after shots in the comments! I’ll do the same in a year or two!
P.S. You may have noticed a theme with my earrings. To me, jewelry is just a socially acceptable way to decorate myself with animals. I love animals. They brighten my day.
Disclaimer: I am not a jewelry or chemist. Do you own research and make your own decisions as to whether this process is safe for your silver.