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4 Surprising Ways to Clean Silver Jewelry

4 Surprising Ways to Clean Silver Jewelry

2018-04-02

Before you can sell your jewelry in Atlanta, you’ll want to clean the pieces to make them shine. You have to be careful not to use anything that might be abrasive. Otherwise, that could damage your items and reduce their resale value. Here are 4 surprising methods for cleaning your valuables.

Silver bracelets

Alka-Seltzer

If your jewelry is in good condition but has lost its sparkle, you can try placing it in a glass with Alka-Seltzer for a few minutes. Even though these tablets are sold to offer relief for indigestion, they do a pretty good job in making jewelry look as good as new.

Ion Exchange

You don’t have to remember chemistry class to take advantage of a process known as ion exchange. To try this, line a small bowl or container with aluminum foil and add some hot water. Then, mix in one spoonful of bleach-free laundry detergent. The detergent must be in powdered form for this to work. Now you can let your jewelry soak in the bowl for a minute and let it air dry afterwards. This method is traditionally used to clean silverware and works great on silver ornaments.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you need to clean silver, you can use a paste made with baking soda and water to do it. Baking soda is not abrasive, but it can help you improve tarnished spots on your silver jewelry. If you’re dealing with gold, you can use baking soda and then pour some vinegar over it. However, if you have jewelry with pearls or gemstones, don’t use this method. Baking soda or vinegar could interact with the glue, causing your gems to come loose.

Ketchup

If you don’t have vinegar handy, you can achieve the same results with ketchup. You can use an old toothbrush to rub ketchup over your jewelry to get into all the crevices. You can also just dunk it into a small bowl of ketchup. However, you should rinse it thoroughly when you’re done to avoid damaging the silver.

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