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How to clean silver at home quickly and easily: a foolproof method

Alina MilsentLife
A silver ring

Silver jewelry is distinguished by its elegance and sophistication, but the metal quickly begins to tarnish. Argentum is a soft metal, so other compounds are added to it when creating jewelry. The alloy usually contains copper, which reacts to sulfur-containing elements.

When exposed to air, sulfur dioxide begins to oxidize, and this leads to darkening of the jewelry. Informacion magazine explains how to clean silver at home quickly and easily using improvised means.

Home life hacks for cleaning silver

Cleaning silver is quite easy at home. With the help of simple ingredients, you can restore the shine of your silver items without using harsh chemicals. The key is to use baking soda and aluminum foil, a combination that takes advantage of a natural chemical reaction to remove tarnish.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Step 1. Line the container with aluminum foil: the shiny side should be on top. Place the silver jewelry on it.
  • Step 2. Sprinkle the silver with baking soda. You don't need to cover the items completely, but make sure the baking soda is well distributed.
  • Step 3. Pour hot water to cover the silver. A chemical reaction of baking soda and water will occur, which will allow you to easily clean silver at home.
  • Step 4. Wait a few minutes and leave the silver in the solution. Depending on the degree of tarnish, 5-10 minutes will be enough.
  • Step 5. Rinse and dry the silver jewelry. Rinse them under running water and wipe them with a soft, dry cloth.

Why this life hack is effective

When silver comes into contact with aluminum foil in the presence of baking soda and hot water, a reaction that transfers silver sulfide to the aluminum occurs. This process restores the silver to its original luster.

Important warning: be careful with products that contain gemstones or inlay as the process can damage them.

OBOZ.UA also told you how toothpaste can help clean silver.

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