4.16.2012

How to Clean Your Silver Chain


I love the look of layered delicate chains with charms. I pulled out all my charms and chains this weekend and realized many of them had turned black with tarnish.

I first followed some advice to scrub the chain with white toothpaste and a toothbrush. It became a bit cleaner, but the tiny links were tough to get in-between.

Method two actually worked!

How to Clean Your Silver Chain



You will need:

a saucepan

1/2 cup water

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. salt

aluminum foil

Line the bottom of the pan with foil and add water, baking soda, and salt.



Add your silver chain and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Ta da! Your chain is silver again, easy peasy!

Come back on Wednesday and I'll show you how I recreated layered charm necklaces inspired by Jennifer Aniston and Lea Michele!

10 comments :

  1. Good to know! I never can clean it completely with a polishing cloth.

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  2. I have seen that several times and I'm just gonna have to try it!

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  3. I've never heard of this method - I'll have to try it today! Thanks Jen.

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  4. I did my wedding ring too after I took out the foil and it is gold, it seemed to work the same way.

    I used kosher salt because it was closer and it turned kind of gray when I was finished, almost like it sucked up the tarnish.

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  5. I have a ton of tarnished silver pieces that I've stopped wearing. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Hey Jennifer. Great tip. It has been forever. Just stopping by to say hello.

    Cheri

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  7. I totally need to try this! Thanks for the tip :)

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  8. SO glad you shared this!!! Hubs has a silver chain he wears all the time... It's BLACK from the sulfur where he works now! Perfect timing! Thanks girl!!!

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  9. This method does not clean your chain...it coats it with aluminum foil which is not good!
    Take it to your local jewellery store to have it done properly.

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  10. Didn't work as well as I thought it would with one of my chains!

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