How To Clean Your Silver Jewelry

If you are a jewelry-lover or love to hoard various types of jewelry, you must have a lot of silver jewelry. But the most common problem with them is that they lose their shine or get tarnished very fast if they are not in regular use. So, if you are worrying about your silver jewelry or thinking that you might not be able to wear them again because their color has faded out, do not worry- we have got your back! You can clean your silver jewelry all by yourself. Here is all that you need to do.

Cleaning small silver jewelry with brush having soft bristles

Various Ways To Clean Your Silver Jewelry

Use any one of the below-mentioned methods to clean your favorite silver jewelry and wear them again!

Liquid Laundry Detergent with Aluminium Foil

Take a bowl and border it with aluminium foil. Put some hot water into it and mix one tablespoon of liquid detergent in it. Stir it well and then put your silver jewelry one by one inside the bowl. Wait for a few minutes to let them soak the water mixture. Then carefully take them out using kitchen tongs and wash them in warm water. Finally, keep them over a towel to let them dry. Hurray! You are all set to wear them again.

Cornflour and Water Mixture

If you want to get back the shine of your silver jewelry, simply mix some cornflour with water and make a thick paste of it. Apply it on the jewelry and let them dry. After that, rub the jewelry with a soft toothbrush or a towel and wash them off in warm water. 

Baking Soda with Water

This method is the most suitable if you have stubborn tarnishes on your silver jewelry. Apply a layer of baking soda mixed with warm water on the tarnished spots of your jewelry. Leave for 5 minutes and then softly rub with a dampen towel or toothbrush. Wash them in water and let them dry to wear them again.

Lemon-Lime Soda

If your silver jewelry is a little tarnished and you want its shine back, this method is perfect for that. Take a bowl and put some lemon-lime soda in it. Dip your jewelry and let them soak for around one hour. Then, take them out, wash them with water and dry them using a cloth.


This method is best if you have less jewelry to clean. You just have to take some ketchup in a paper towel and rub it on the jewelry or you can directly put ketchup over the silver surface and leave them for at least 10-15 minutes. Then, clean them with a very soft cloth or brush and wash them with water.


Take some toothpaste on a soft cloth or toothbrush and gently rub on the jewelry. Leave it for some minutes, wash it off with water and you are done. Make sure the toothpaste is not of gel texture or harsh.

Cleaning silver jewelry with toothpaste and brush

Baking Soda with White Vinegar

Keep your silver jewelry in a bowl and add one cup of distilled white vinegar. Then put four tablespoons of baking soda and leave it to rest for a minimum of one hour. Finally, rinse with clear water and dry them up with a soft cloth.

Hand Sanitizer

This method is only useful for your silver rings. Put some hand sanitizer on a paper towel and rub it on the ring softly and you are done. Your ring will be tarnish free but be careful- do not use it if your ring has expensive gems on it as sanitizer may damage it.

Ammonia-Water Solution

Make a mixture using two portions of water and one portion of ammonia. Soak your silver jewelry for 10-15 minutes and then wipe them with a soft towel. Ensure you do not use this method on antique jewelry.

Silver Polish

If none of the methods work out for you, buy a silver polish. Rub the silver jewelry with a little amount of the polish, wash it with water and let them dry to wear again.

Tips To Maintain Your Silver Jewelry

Storing silver jewelry properly in a pouch

To keep your silver jewelry shiny, use these tips:

  • Clean your jewelry often and after every use. This will not let the tarnish set on the jewelry surface.
  • Always rinse them with water separately. Do not mix them with other jewelry.
  • Dry them up completely after every wash so that no moisture is retained on their surfaces.
  • Store them properly in a velvet pouch. You can cover each of the pieces of jewelry with anti-tarnishing paper and also keep chalk or silica gel packs inside the pouch.
  • Avoid contact with paint, stainless steel, or rubber material.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to clean silver jewelry with dishwasher liquid?

Put a few drops of a mild liquid dishwasher in a bowl of warm water. Put your silver jewelry inside and wait for 5-10 minutes. Then, rub them with a soft brush, wash them off with water and lastly, use a cloth to dry them.

How to keep your silver jewelry shiny for a longer time?

Keep chalk or a silica gel pack in your silver jewelry box to make their shine last longer because chalk or silica gel will absorb the moisture and not let it tarnish the silver.

Does coca-cola clean silver jewelry?

If you soak your silver jewelry in a bowl of coca-cola it might remove minimal tarnish, so this method is not that effective. We suggest you use the above-mentioned ways as they work better than coca-cola.