How-To: touch up your silver jewelry in a flash

by Adri on August 19, 2011

Ever come to the realization that your favorite pair of silver earrings look too dingy to wear out? I stumbled across a quick solution to freshen up your silver without taking an hour of polish and elbow grease! This little kitchen science experiment reverses the silver sulfide reaction and removes the black tarnish marks.


I have a pretty extensive collection of silver necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and it seems to be a never ending cycle of polishing teeny nooks and crannies. It’s tiresome to take polish and a soft cloth to them all, so I looked into an easier way of cleaning them up…

You’ll need

  • – Dish/bowl with flat bottom
  • – Aluminum foil
  • – Baking soda
  • – Hot water
  • – Silver pieces


Lay tin foil, shiny side up along bottom of dish, add two tablespoons of baking soda and then enough hot water to dissolve the baking soda and deep enough to submerge silver pieces. Add your silver, turning to make contact with foil on all sides. Remove after tarnish has diminished. Rinse in clear water and buff dry. Repeat if badly tarnished and does not clear up with first treatment.

Supplies: Pan, Baking Soda, Aluminum Foil, Hot Water (Adri/thegirlblogger)

Tarnished Silver (Adri/thegirlblogger)

Saw an instant change (Adri/thegirlblogger)

Silver again (Adri/thegirlblogger)


I found it wasn’t a perfect shine, but it sure helped some of my pieces that were nearly black get back into a wearable silver shine. Play with the ratio of baking soda to water and see what works the best for the silver you’re cleaning.

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