How to Clean Silver Jewelry With Tin Foil

Spruce up dull-looking silver earrings by cleaning them with tin foil.
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Silver earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets are must-haves in any jewelry box, but just like any other piece of jewelry, silver will need a good cleaning every now and then. Unlike other metals, silver may begin to tarnish over time, which is wear tin foil comes in. The silver and aluminum react, making the tarnish disappear, so if your favorite silver bling is looking a bit dingy, restore its sparkle with a tin foil cleaning.

Select a small bowl and line it with tin foil. Make sure the shiny side of the foil is facing out.

Pour very hot water in the bowl. Use enough so the jewelry will be completely covered.

Add 1 tbsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of baking soda to the hot water. You can also use a couple tablespoons of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent in place of the salt and baking soda.

Place the silver jewelry into the mixture. Make sure that the jewelry is touching the tin foil when you place it in the bowl.

Let the jewelry soak in the solution for about five minutes. Turn the jewelry once halfway through the soaking process to make sure both sides come in contact with the foil. After soaking, rinse the jewelry well under cool tap water, and place on a soft cloth to air-dry.

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.