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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Silver Spring Clean

Is your silver jewellery looking a bit discoloured? or in need of a good clean but don't want to leave the house or pay to get it cleaned? Well.. thanks to the wisdom of my mother and my grandmother.. I've learnt the foolproof way to get your jewellery sparkling once again!

My housemate mentioned that her Thomas Sabo bracelet was looking a bit brown.. which you wouldn't expect from jewellery like that. Lucky for her, she's got a domestic godess as a housemate! (yep, that's me!) Having seen this problem before, I knew just what to do, and all you need is a few things you'd find in any kitchen. 


After a while, silver reacts with the air and it oxides, leaving a residue layer on top of the silver, discolouring the metal. In order to counteract this, you need the right about of anti-oxidising ingredients.

Now, there are a few different ways you can clean silver without buying silver cleaner, but some work better than others .. First thing you can do is put the silver in a bowl of hot water and vinegar.. leave it for a few minutes and take it out.

If that doesn't work.. mix some flour and salt into the bowl to create a paste. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off.

If that STILL doesn't work.. here's the one that works every time!

All you need :
Tin Foil
A Bowl
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tsps Bicarbonate of Soda/ Baking Soda (or one of these sachets)
1 Cup of Boiling Water
Your Silver Jewellery

  • First, take the bowl and line it with Tin Foil and fill the foil lined bowl with water half way. 
  • Add the salt and stir.
  • Add the baking soda and stir.
  • The water should start fizzing. This is when you just plonk your jewellery in. Making sure it is touching the foil and is fully emersed in the water.


  • Leave for 2-5 minutes depending on level of discolouration.
  • Take out and rinse under cool water. Buff off the water with a cloth and it will look as good as new!



To keep silver looking this shiny and to prevent/reduce the effects of silver oxidising, store it with a piece of activated charcoal or a piece of chalk. 

Well I hope this was useful!

Do you know any other ways of making silver shine?
Xx
Jasmine


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