Jewelry Cleaning 101

We all have those beautiful pieces of jewelry that we're given to us for special occasions. Over time, they've unfortunately tarnished. My collection of Tiffany's and sterling silver necklace chains have seen their age. Recently, I inquired to see how much it would cost to have my jewelry cleaned and they quoted me $30 per piece. I researched a bit and found a great method that is super efficient. This can be used for silver but not costume jewelry or other metals.


  1. 1 cup of boiling water
  2. 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  3. 1 tablespoon of white salt
  4. 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  5. 1 sheet of tinfoil, shiny side p
  6. A bowl (I used a medium sized mixing bowl)
  7. Polishing cloth (can be found at the dollar store)


  1. Boil the water
  2. White the water is boiling, place the shiny side up of the tinfoil on the bowl (I covered the entire bowl)
  3. Add the salt and baking soda
  4. Add the vinegar (over the sink!)
  5. Mix everything together
  6. Add the boiling water to the solution
  7. Gently drop each piece of jewelry in the bowl
  8. I used a fork to flip them over 
  9. Take them out once the water is cold
  10. Buff each piece with a polishing cloth