Silver is a delicate metal and one that can be easily damaged if it comes into contact with the wrong cleaning solution. If your sterling silver jewellery is looking a bit worse for wear, don’t always be so quick to rush to the easiest option. We often hear a lot of baking soda stories or even toothpaste! The fact of the matter is, these products are very easy to get your hands on but they don’t do much good to your silver.
There are several chemical and non-chemical solutions in your home that could actually do more harm than good. This article therefore serves as a good guide for those products in your house you can use on your silver.
For all of those eye-catching silver necklaces and stunning earrings you own, you are going to want to lengthen the lifespan for long as possible. Not only is genuine silver a pricey investment, it often carries sentimental value to the owner. Maybe it was given to you by a loving partner or to celebrate something momentous in your life. Either way, you don’t want your silver accessories getting tarnished and dulling with time.
Often you will find it’s the natural solutions that are a true saving grace. Without the harsh and often man-made chemicals added, natural alternatives offer an effective cleaning solution. So here are some of your options:
- Corn starch. You may be surprised to hear this one but it’s meant to be very effective for cleaning silver! Simply add water and apply the corn starch to your silver jewellery and wipe it down gently. This should restore your accessories former glean in no time.
- Salt bath. This simple yet effective method requires two glasses of hot water being poured into a bowl. The water level doesn’t have to be too high, just enough to cover your items. The salt bath has the advantage of being a gentler cleaner. Yet it still manages to remove tarnishing without damaging the silver in any way. If your silver jewellery has additional gem stones you should be extra careful. If you have recently shopped on www.silver.uk.com for example and treated yourself to a beautiful gem stone ring, use cleansing methods with caution. If the stone is antique or very expensive it is often wiser to go to a professional to clean it instead of taking the risk.
- Vinegar is one of those household products you just can’t live without. It’s become known as a lifesaver that can be used for multiple scenarios and be effective in solving them. If you want to revive the original glisten and gleam the silver jewellery once had, try making a vinegar solution. All you have to do is soak your accessories in half a cup of vinegar for two hours. After the time is up, rinse your sterling silver with cold water and ensure every last millimetre is dry. You don’t want to encourage the tarnishing process to start again!
Lemon juice. Lemons are not only known for their zesty taste but they are also widely used as a household cleaning product. If you look at many skincare or cleaning products, they will often feature lemon extracts. So to use lemon juice to reduce the tarnish on your sterling silver, all you need to do is soak it overnight. Use a cup of water (about 1 and ½) and only one tablespoon of lemon juice. If you wish, you can also add half a cup of instant dry
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