How to Clean Silver Jewelry

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  1. Jeannette
    May 4, 2009

    The tip on cleaning silver with aluminum foil, salt and hot water does work. It’s quick and easy. It looks like the day I bought it.
    Thank you…

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  2. V
    September 30, 2009

    Who needs expensive cleaners when you can use cheap things you have right in your own kitchen?!

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  3. Jackie
    October 10, 2009

    Does the salt and aluminum harm stones, i.e. black onyx? Thanks.

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  4. Jessica
    October 22, 2009

    Does anyone have an answer for Jackie? I’m wondering the same thing about salt and aluminum, only with amber.

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  5. Nat
    February 12, 2010

    Use an old toothbrush and gently rub toothpaste into your silver, leave for ten minutes and then wash off; job done!

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  6. Cathy
    April 11, 2010

    The salt and foil method works – I used it on a silver pendant with two large pieces of turquoise and it is beautiful. No harm to the turquoise. You can smell the chemical reaction – like sulfur – at least that’s what I thought. It’s pretty cool. Thank you.

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  7. Tera
    April 29, 2010

    The salt and foil really works!!! How great is that?

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  8. Stacey
    June 3, 2010

    Thanks I cleaned my silver earrings with the salt water/aluminum foil method and it worked wonders. Thanks!

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  9. Matt
    June 10, 2010

    Don’t try the foil and salt with any kind of stone. I did with three different kind of stones and it tarnishes, fades, ruins and damages the stone. It works wonders on the silver, but be careful with stones; my stones look faded and worn out and looks worse than it did before I did it. Just be careful; one of my stones fell out.

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  10. Trishy
    July 20, 2010

    Oh boy … I just have to point out that there is nothing magnetic in silver, aluminum, or salt. The methods works very well for cleaning silver, but it most certainly does not create a magnet. It works by creating an electrolytic cell: the silver and the aluminum serve as the cathode and anode, and the salt ferries electrons back and forth.

    As far as stones, I have only tried this with jewelry that contained cubic zirconia, and the stones are fine.

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  11. Linda
    August 21, 2010

    I inherited two beautiful Norwegian brooches and a necklace and earrings. All silver and all black. Due to the intricacy of all of them, I was afraid of ruining them and didn’t know how to clean them. Now I do! I am wearing them to my niece’s wedding today!!

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  12. Sue
    September 15, 2010

    Unbelievable. The foil method ROCKS! I’m stunned, especially after wasting so much money on those crappy “jewelry cleaners” in a jar for so many years. You don’t even have to rub the silver! THANK YOU!! I just love chemistry . . .

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  13. Jeanette
    September 30, 2010

    I tried this; I was amazed!! I was about to spend money on a new pair of earrings, but they went from a dirty shade of gray to possibly looking better than the day I brought them. The clear stone in them was so shiny too. I only waited one minute. I shall clean all my silver jewelry this way in the future.

    A VERY BIG THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME TIME & MONEY!

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  14. Betty
    December 7, 2010

    Also, the toothpaste works. I just cleaned an entire charm bracelet with it. It was easier to grab at the moment than the other materials and it went very quickly. I will try the water, salt and aluminum next time. Hallelujah! Thank you!!
    PS. I also enjoyed the chemistry lesson.

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  15. Pete H.
    December 19, 2010

    Baking soda instead of salt works the same way and is much less abrasive to silver jewelry that contains gemstones. I have cleaned my silver rings that have emeralds and they look just as new as the day I bought them (using baking soda).

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  16. Debi
    January 2, 2011

    I cleaned my jewelry in seconds! Salt + hot water and foil = GREAT RESULT!!

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  17. Apsith
    February 18, 2011

    Thank you so much! This worked perfectly for cleaning a 10-year-old silver baseball pendant my dad left me when he died.

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  18. Artsy
    April 9, 2011

    The salt and aluminum foil technique is working nicely on my husband’s cufflinks – thank you! I’m watching it work right now! I think it’s been in there for about five minutes and the tarnish is almost all gone!

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  19. Janet
    August 14, 2011

    Amazing! I was about to go out and try to find some kind of silver cleaning cloth, but googled a question instead. I had three BLACK silver chains: one with a cross, and one with a filigree heart. I also thought I smelled a slight sulfur odor…no problem. Sooo easy…no cost…and I also thank the person who gave us the chemistry lesson. I thought it maybe was something like that. Can’t wait to share this info!

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  20. Luz
    January 7, 2012

    Baking soda can also be used instead of salt. Works like a beauty!

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  21. Theresa
    March 31, 2012

    I have a Tiffany heart necklace and it was looking really dull, so I used plain white toothpaste, an old toothbrush and a little elbow grease, and wow; what a difference! It looks brand new. LOVING IT! Thanks for the info. Theresa

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  22. Sonia
    April 14, 2012

    Thank you for the water and salt tip. It left my jewelry looking new.

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  23. Paul from Malta
    April 17, 2012

    Hot water, salt, and aluminum foil really works. Thanks!

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  24. Jazz
    July 23, 2012

    What about silver that has soft stones? I read Matt’s comment, and I’m worried about wrecking my jewelry with opals in it.

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  25. Erika
    July 30, 2012

    The foil method works wonders! Make sure you cover it in foil before you add water, because that is iffy on the directions!

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  26. Lisa
    February 19, 2013

    I had a special piece, a silver pendant, and it was tarnished. I decided to try to clean it myself with some help. I was skeptical at first, but after trying it, I must say I was stunned with the outcome. It made it seem like it was a brand new piece; clear and shiny. It’s beautiful. Thanks.

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  27. Becky
    March 22, 2013

    I used the hot water, salt and aluminum foil method – WOW! So glad I found this tip! It brought my grandmother’s turquoise and silver ring back to life. Thanks!

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  28. Lisa
    April 12, 2013

    Thank you very much for the information; the hot water, salt and foil really did work and cost nothing. :)

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  29. Paul
    April 24, 2013

    Yep, aluminium foil and salt solution worked a treat on my silver pendant and chain.

    Brilliant! Thanks.

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  30. Michele
    May 9, 2013

    I would like to know what to use (dip or paste) to clean silver teacups, teapots, etc. Someone mentioned CLR. Is that true?

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  31. Nikki
    May 9, 2013

    Has anyone tried to clean a pendant with a miniature glass paperweight as the center of a silver pendant?

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  32. Madara
    June 30, 2013

    I tried both – salt and soda. I thought soda worked slightly better, but what made the most difference was the thickness of foil – I had a real heavy duty one and a finer one. Afterwards, I also polished everything with toothpaste. Came out almost perfect.

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  33. Natalia
    July 10, 2013

    Silver foil, salt and hot water is fantastic! The jeweler could not help me clean my precious silver charm bracelet as it was grey with gold colored tarnish. Nothing would clean it; no dips or anything. I was told to get it re-silvered, but this has worked brilliantly!!! Thank you!

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  34. Jo
    July 28, 2013

    I’ve just cleaned my silver/cz chain and pendant, and diamond/silver earrings. Result: very happy! I’ve been wondering how to clean these for ages. Thanks.

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  35. Jerry
    May 23, 2014

    Guys, this method of hot water, salt and al. foil works so well and lasted much longer than before. THANKS DUDE…

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  36. Deirdre
    November 15, 2014

    I just tried the salt, water, aluminum method on my silver pendant and chain. The silver looks good. However, the large amber stone is now cloudy. What a shame. I should have known when there were no answers to questions above regarding stones. So, if you have stones or, as in my case, very large amber, don’t submerge the stone…only the silver chain.

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