Using those tiny little brushes to clean every inch of your silver jewelry can be a time-consuming task.
Cleaning your silver jewelry can be a lot easier if you use Madeline Della Mora’s method.
More than 1 million people have watched her video on how to quickly clean silver jewelry with just three items.
This method cleans both sterling silver and silver-plated items.
To clean your silver jewelry, you’ll need aluminum foil, baking soda, and boiling water.
Take some aluminum foil and place it at the bottom of a cup or pot. Della Mora uses the shiny side up.
Then place your silver jewelry inside.
If you’re using a cup, you’ll want to toss in about a tablespoon of baking soda.
Figure two tablespoons if you’re using a bigger pot or go with what you feel is a good amount.
Della Mora says she’s liberal with her baking soda and doesn’t use precise measurements.
Next, pour some boiling into your cup.
If you’re using the pot method, then you can toss your jewelry into the boiling pot of water that is lined with aluminum and has baking soda in it.
Let your jewelry sit in the boiling water for a few minutes.
Eventually, your water will start to smell weird.
“It stinks so much!” Della Mora found.
“If the item is sterling silverplated it won’t be stamped 925. If the item is taking on more a brassy or orange coppery tone, it’s a sign that the plating has worn off. Not that it is tarnished,” Della Mora says.
In addition to the smell, the water will turn a greyish color.
Use a fork to swish your jewelry around a bit before using it to fish out your jewelry.
Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water or the jewelry that’s been warmed by the water.
Use a regular towel or a silver polishing cloth to dry off and shine up your jewelry.
There are few steps you can take to prevent future tarnishing with your jewelry. You can store them in a jewelry dust bag or tiny zip-close plastic baggies.
You can also add non-tarnishing tabs to your plastic bags. They are little pieces of paper that completely eliminate tarnishing for about six months when put in a sealed bag.
The paper tabs absorb all the oxygen in the bag. Silver tarnishes when exposed to oxygen.
“If it’s [your piece of jewelry] is constantly being worn, the tarnish won’t appear as dark but if you kind of leaves the bracelet out in the open for a month it will take on that tarnish tone,” Della Mora explains.
Some of her fans also had great tips of their own.
“Be careful not to scratch your jewelry with the fork! Otherwise, this works really nicely,” wrote one.
Most of them also reported having great results with this method. You can learn more in the video below.
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Source: Madeline Della Mora,