Shine On: DIY Silver Jewelry Cleaner

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Y’all know I’m a fan of saving money when possible and I happened to be perusing Pinterest when I found a few ideas on cleaning my silver jewelry with stuff I already had on hand. I’ve always preferred silver jewelry over gold but what I don’t like is when my silver starts to tarnish/darken and look all funky. I’ve tried this DIY silver jewelry cleaner a few times now and it’s worked every time so I’m sharing the love.

*I’ve only ever used this on 925 silver. I’ve never tried it on gold, or anything with stones so I wouldn’t suggest that.*

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Here’s what you need:
  • Flat container (I used a plastic take out container)
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

While you’re boiling the water, get the rest of your supplies together and line your container with the foil (shiny side up). Lay your jewelry out in the container and make sure that each piece touches the foil (I’ll drop that science in a minute).

Mix the water, salt, and baking soda together and slowly pour the concoction into the foil lined container. If you need to reposition your jewelry, save your fingers and use a spoon or something.

Here’s where the science kicks in

Add the vinegar to the container and watch the bubbly, science-y magic happen. The tarnish will start to disappear and your bling (do we still say that?) will be all blingy again.

DIY Silver Jewelry Cleaner | The Style Medic

The tarnish (or silver sulfide/sulfur) likes aluminum more than it likes silver, so with the help of this little concoction, the sulfur breaks up with your silver jewelry in favor of the aluminum. #ScienceDropped

Now rinse, dry and shine!

If your tarnish is really bad, you can let your jewelry sit in the mixture a while or give it another treatment.

What say you? Will you try this DIY jewelry cleaner? Do you have a jewelry cleaning secret? 

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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!


  1. Stacie


    Woow, cool! I wonder does this works on my silver costume jewelry or just real silver?
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  2. Holly


    oh this is great I should try this on my silver jewelry.
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  3. Keisha


    Wow, so you can CLEAN tarnish off. I always just throw the piece away ? Good to know!!
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  4. I totally will, I have a few necklaces I’ve not worn in years because they are tarnished. Apparently also because lazy, I didn’t know how to bring them back and I didn’t take the time to look it up. The Style Medic to the rescue. I also have all of these things in my kitchen.
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  5. Niall


    Thanks for the tips nothing worse than black tarnished silver will share on our blog at

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