Silver jewelry is one of the most popular options out there, from necklaces, to bracelets, earrings, and rings we love our silver jewelry. While it always looks great when you first purchase it, over time it starts to tarnish and loose its luster. With that said there are a variety of high-quality effective anti-tarnish products on the market nowadays that remove the unsightly stains and get your silver back to new condition.
Anti-tarnish paper is a great option if you’re looking for a way to prevent the tarnish from happening in the first place. This can be a whole lot easier and faster than having to remove built up tarnish. These come in a variety of different styles, sizes, and configurations so you can use them with a variety of silver items.
A Polishing Cloth
There are silver polishing cloths that allow you to polish the items on a regular basis and remove the starting signs of tarnish. Keep in mind this is really meant more as a preventative measure than a way to remove heavy tarnish.
Yep you read the title correctly regular old ketchup can be the cure all when it comes to removing tarnish from your silver. It is recommended you start by using a very small amount on the item and then rubbing it with a soft towel. If the tarnish is still there then you will want to leave the ketchup on for about 15 minutes to really start doing its job. It may also be necessary to use a soft bristle brush.
Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda
This one is more of a recipe than anything else. There are a few steps involved but the results can be really great. First start by boiling a pot of water, once done, line another bowl with aluminum foil and place one tablespoon of baking soda in it. Pour the boiled water over it and then place your silver items in there. Leave them for 10-15 seconds and remove them, fully clean. If the item has a lot of tarnish on it, it may need to sit in the water longer.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda
This one is not only effective but kind of fun to do thanks to the fizzing! In a bowl, you will want to place your silver item. Next pour 1/2 cup white vinegar in and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. This is where the fizzing should happen. Be sure to leave your items in there for between two and three hours. After that rinse them off with warm water and then dry them with a soft cloth/towel.
Use More than One Method
Sometimes we have a piece of jewelry that is really stubborn and is covered in tarnish. In these cases, you may find you need to use more than one method. That combination of technique should do the trick, along with a little elbow grease.
Moving forward try to remember to clean and polish your silver on a regular basis so as to prevent the tarnish from building in the first place.