I am very partial to silver jewelry and most of my earrings and necklaces are made of it, but a drawback is that it can tarnish easily when exposed to the humidity in the air because of oxidation.
I tend to forget to clean my jewelry until I am in a hurry getting ready to go out and I realize that my earrings are tarnished, so I put it away to clean at another time. Then I forget again until the next time. Lather rinse repeat.
Silver dips and pastes worked for me because they were quick and easy to do, but I knew that they contained toxic chemicals that smelled horrible. I have been working on detoxifying my home cleaning products and personal care products so I knew that I had to find a better way to make my silver shine again. I don't want to put something on my skin that has been cleaned in harsh chemicals.
It isn't hard to find non-toxic silver cleaner recipes on the internet but this is the one that I like to use.
Supplies for eco jewelry cleaning:
liquid dish soap (some recipes skip the soap)
aluminum foil (I save a piece of recycled foil for this purpose)
- Place aluminum foil in a bowl
- Pour a tablespoon of salt on top of the aluminum
- Pour a tablespoon of liquid dish soap on the salt
- Add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water
- Place silver jewelry on the aluminium and mixture.
- Swish the jewelry around then leave for a few minutes.
- Remove the jewelry from the bowl, rinse in water and dry off.
- If my silver is particularly dirty I like to give it a quick shine it with a cloth.
That's it! No harsh chemicals, no gloves required.