How to Clean Tarnished Jewelry

How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.

It may still be winter, but it's never too early to start some Spring cleaning! 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. Let's get started!

You will need:

  1. 1 cup hot/boiling water
  2. A glass or plastic dish
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. 1 cup baking soda
  5. 1 cup table salt
  6. 2 Tbsp Dawn dish soap (any scent)
  7. A spare toothbrush
  8. Tarnished jewelry
How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.

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, slightly crinkle up the aluminum foil and place it on the bottom of your dish. Put all your jewelry in a single layer making sure the silver is touching the foil.  Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, and soap over everything.

How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.

Pour the boiling water over your mixture being careful not to splash hot water on yourself. You might see some bubbling and will also notice a bit of a rotten egg odor, that's the sulfuric gases.

How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.
How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.

Using your toothbrush, 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! If needed, take each piece of jewelry out and use the toothbrush to clean even more.


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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 jewelry!

How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.
How to clean tarnished jewelry from Crafted Love. A DIY jewelry cleaner gentle enough to do multiple times a year.

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!

Too much to remember? I have a free PDF printable for you to take to the store so you know exactly what to buy and how to do everything. Just give me your email and I'll send you a link to my free resource library!