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!


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

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

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

  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.

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

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


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

  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!!!

  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.

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


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