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We had Miss Stiletto’s engagement party during the holidays! Apparently the outfit I had picked out wasn’t dressy enough, so I was allowed to raid her wardrobe to find something better. That included the jewellery box! The earrings I found were silver hoops, but they’d been sitting around for a while and had become a little tarnished. A friend told me a little while ago that you can clean jewellery with foil and baking soda so I planned to do that – until I discovered that we had no baking soda! Google to the rescue – I found that salt apparently can create the same effect. I tried it out, and it worked really well on the earrings, leaving no signs of the tarnish – success!
Miss Stiletto requested the details so she could try it out too, so I tried it out again with my rings.
NOTE: You’ll probably want to do this near an open window – the smell of the chemical reaction can get quite strong!
- Place a strip of tin foil in a bowl – it doesn’t need to cover the bowl, but still a decent size
- Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of salt onto the foil, and put the jewellery on top
- Pour over boiling water and watch the bubbles!
- I dabbed at it with a soft brush, to really get into the crevices
- Once you’re happy with the result, which may take 5-10 minutes, take out and rinse in warm water
- Dry off on paper towel, then buff if required
It worked, but the result wasn’t as good as I hoped. Maybe because my ring has more tricky bits to get to than the earrings…. Anyway, I decided I’d try again with the baking soda version, and I’d clean my engagement ring while I was at it!
You can see from the reaction in this picture that it worked much better!
End result: In the end I was much happier with the result from the baking soda, although its good to know that salt will work in a pinch!
Feel free to share your own jewellery cleaning tips 🙂
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