A couple weeks ago I was putting together a costume, and I thought of a bracelet that would go really well with it. Although I’m sure I knew about this, I’d forgotten how tarnished it was. And while sometimes a patina can be a “look”, it wasn’t the look I was going for.
Obviously I decided to take to the interwebs and find a solution. I knew there had to be a way to remove the tarnish without going out and buying tarnish remover. Because that’s the kind of girl I am. And find it I did. Suddenly I feel the need to go out and buy a crap load of tarnished silver jewelry to revive.
What you need:
- A vessel big enough to hold your object(s)
- A sheet of aluminum foil big enough to line your vessel (alternately, you may use an aluminum pot if you have one)
- Baking soda
The amount of water and baking soda will depend on how much you need to cover your item(s). The ratio is 1/4c baking soda to every quart of water.
First, line your vessel:
(not pictured)Bring your water to a boil. Once boiling, bring your water to the sink and add your baking soda. It WILL fizzle over, hence the sink. Once it’s calmed down, pour water over object:
After a few minutes, you should see results. I pulled my bracelet out with tongs after a couple minutes, and it already looked awesome and shiny. I put it back and let it soak while I finished folding my laundry. After I came back, it really didn’t appear to have done any more tarnish removal, so I think there may be a point of diminishing returns, but it didn’t seem to have an adverse affect on it. Rinse off any baking soda residue and dry well. Admire the shiny:
There are still a few areas that are a little discolored. I’ve read that plain white toothpaste will help, so once I get my hands on some, I’ll try that out and report the results. I have a delightful silver goblet that could use some TLC as well. 😀