How to Clean 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:

  1. Boiling Water
  2. A Glass or Plastic Dish (I just used an old piece of tupperware)
  3. Aluminum Foil
  4. Baking Soda
  5. A plastic or wooden spoon (I actually used the other end of a paint brush)
  6. 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!

Too much to remember? Here's a free PDF printable for you to take to the store so you know exactly what to buy and how to do everything: