Spring Cleaning | Cleaning Tarnished Jewelry


Today's tutorial is from the lovely Jamie from Crafty is Awesome. She's got an awesome personality on top of being "one crafty SOB" according to her profile. I think I would have to agree :] She's here today to show us how to clean all that jewelry you have laying around that might be in need of a nice bath :]
Hi all!

This is Jamie from Crafty is Awesome. I am so happy to be able to share this quick little Spring Cleaning tutorial with you. This is an easy way to clean any of your tarnished silver jewelry. You probably even have all the supplies you need already at home.

You will need:
Boiling Water
A Glass or Plastic Dish (I just used an old piece of tupperware)
Aluminum Foil
Baking Soda
A plastic or wooden spoon (I actually used the other end of a paint brush)

Here is my tarnished jewelry.


Put some water either on the stove or in the microwave and get it to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, slighly crinkle up the aluminum foil and place it on the bottom of your dish.

Put all your jewerly in a single layer making sure the silver is touching the foil. 

Sprinkle a layer of Baking Soda over everything.


Pour the boiling water over everything. Be careful obviously because the water is boiling!!
You should see some bubbling and will also notice a bit of a rotten egg odor, that's the sulfuric gases.


Using your wooden or plastic spoon, gently move the silver around, flip it over, etc. making sure all of it touches the aluminum foil. You will notice your silver becoming brighter!

Once it is all back to that shiny silvery goodness, carefully remove your pieces and rinse them under tap water. **If you have any small pieces like rings or earrings, make sure to close the drain so you don't lose anything!

Dry your pieces off with a soft towel and Viola!! Nice clean jewerly!


Note: I have been told that this baking soda method of cleaning is recommended only for jewelry that is all sterling silver and those that incorporate plastic, glass or crystal beads. Some gemstones are affected by the baking soda reaction--for example, turquoise. However, I have cleaned silver jewelry with amber, onyx and emeralds without any issues.

I hope this helps some of you out so that you can get all your jewelry back to looking nice and fresh and ready to wear with all of your cute spring outfits!

21 comments :

braceletsbyS said...

Many thanks spring cleaning great tip indeed

Victoria Cowings said...

thank u for this info...i just tried it and it works great!!! now i dont have to buy jewelry cleaner lol

Catlyn L said...

cant wait to try this!

LuziAnne said...

The benefit to doing it this way is that it is non-abrasive and won't put any wear and tear on the jewelry.  Essentially the chemical reaction removes the oxidation and redeposits the silver that was in the tarnish on the piece.  Tooth paste and silver polishes are abrasive and over time will wear down the silver.

Event Cleaning Services London said...

This silver cleaning technique really does wonders. I use it every time when I have to clean my jewellery. I sometimes use banana peels to restore the colour of my silver items, though. 

Sovereign coins said...

There are many ways to clean jewelry. It's all about personal preference, really. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step tutorial.

maids Eden Prairie said...

Thank you so much for this. I have these silver jewelleries that are no longer in use just because they got tarnished and I got a little lazy to clean them up one-by-one. I am so excited to do this method at home and get to see the results with my own eyes.

lindseysmalls said...

Thank you - just used this to clean the silver cake server from our wedding, worked like a charm.

Bubbles said...

Not to be a grammar Nazi, but this is one of my biggest pet peeves.  There is no such word at "waala" or wahla or walaa or any other spelling along those lines.  The word you are looking for is french, and is "Voila" which roughly translates to "there you go" or "it is done."  Just thought you might want to correct that, as every time I see that little mistake it undermines the credibility of the author for me.

Morgan said...

What an excellent idea. Can't wait to clean up some of my older pieces.

Jamie said...

My friend used the cleaning cloth too and told me about it but I knew I would never remember to look for it or even go in the store she said it was! This way is so easy, peasy and only took maybe 20 minutes total!

Sarah said...

Ah, this looks like a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Jamie. :)

Krust said...

Wow, what a great idea! I'm trying this!

Becky Arnold said...

Lovely idea . . .now I can resurrect many of my silver pieces.

Trish's Trinket's said...

Thanks, I will definately give it a try!

Melanie R said...

I use a silver polishing cloth but this looks WAYYYY easier! yay! Thanks!

R Matkovich said...

Do you think you can do this with silver costume jewellery?

Anonymous said...

Watch out, I have done this before and it works so well that if it is a plated piece, it will take the silver/gold plating right off. :(

Anonymous said...

This method should not be used on pieces that contain a purposeful patina in crevices. This method will destroy that patina usually applied by the silversmith or that some pieces develop over the ages. Fine antique silverware and jewelry should not be cleaned this way. It will greatly diminish it's value if the patina is removed.

One more caveat... do not clean silver which has any glued joins, such as the handle of knives to the blades. It may damage the glue and loosen the join.

Anonymous said...

I found the instructions on page https://www.silver.ag/en/cleaning-jewelry-at-home/ Try toothpaste to clean your silver. It cleaned all of my silver and gold jewelry quickly and made it all very shiney.

Anonymous said...

i was looking up how to clean the exact same octopus necklace in the photo! can't wait to bring some shine back to it! i am glad there is hope for it. its my fav necklace!