How do you clean sterling silver earrings?
Credit: Individual Design CC-BY 2.0
Q:

How do you clean sterling silver earrings?

A:

Quick Answer

To clean sterling silver earrings, place them in a bowl containing water, vinegar, salt, baking soda and aluminum foil. Polish them with a cloth after soaking. This 20-minute method requires a bowl, boiling water, aluminum foil, measuring spoons, a measuring cup, salt, baking soda, white vinegar and a microfiber cloth.

  Know More

Full Answer

  1. Prepare the bowl

    Line a small bowl with a sheet of aluminum foil, making sure the shiny side of the foil is facing up.

  2. Add the ingredients

    Put 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon salt in the bowl. Drizzle 1/2 cup white vinegar over the dry ingredients. When the fizzing subsides, add 1 cup boiling water.

  3. Submerge the jewelry

    Drop the earrings into the bowl. Wait several minutes, then stick a measuring spoon into the bowl, and use it to flip over the earrings. Both sides must spend time in contact with the foil. Wait another minute, then scoop the earrings out of the bowl.

  4. Shine the earrings

    Rub the earrings with a microfiber polishing cloth until they are dry and gleaming. Rest them on the cloth for 10 minutes, and then return them to your jewelry box.

  5. Clean up

    When the bowl is cool enough to handle, dump the contents into a sink, and discard the aluminum foil.

Learn more about Jewelry & Watches
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Can baking soda be used to clean sterling silver?

    A:

    Baking soda, when it contacts aluminum, such as aluminum foil, creates a chemical reaction that removes the tarnish from silver. This can be done by dissolving one cup of baking soda in one gallon of hot water, pouring it into a pan lined with aluminum foil, and immersing the silver in the pan.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a good cleaner for silver jewelry?

    A:

    A concoction of hot water, baking soda and dish soap with a piece of tin foil at the bottom is one of the easiest cleaners for silver jewelry. This mixture is gentle on silver and cheap to produce.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the best way to clean silver necklace?

    A:

    A silver necklace can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda, salt, vinegar and hot water placed in a bowl lined with tinfoil. Cleaning the necklace requires baking soda, salt, vinegar, boiling water, tinfoil, a bowl and a polishing cloth. Removing the tarnish takes less than 30 minutes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you clean silver?

    A:

    To clean silver, find a large pan, line the pan with foil, fill the pan with water, apply baking soda and salt, leave it overnight, rinse the silver with hot water, and wipe the silver with a dry cloth and olive oil. The olive oil also protects the silver against tarnishing.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore