Your tarnished silver jewelry charms are easy to clean, there is no long drawn out process or expensive cleaners to buy, oftentimes cleaning silver jewelry can take just a few minutes and a little elbow grease. There are two main ways for cleaning silver jewelry charms and below you will find them to help you get your silver jewelry charms back to their original shinning finish in no time at all.
1. Salt and Foil – This home remedy method has been used by homemakers the world over for centuries and is a cheap and easy way for cleaning silver jewelry charms.
- Find a jar, bowl or other container and pour two cups of hot water into it.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of Salt to the container. (The salt can be rock salt, sea salt, iodized salt or even baking soda as it is a natural salt base and any one of these will work in cleaning silver jewelry charms.)
- Places four 5”x1” strips of foil into the container with the salt and water.
- Place your tarnished silver jewelry charms (no more than 10 small charms or 4 large charms at a time) into the mixture and let them sit for 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes are up, remove the silver jewelry charms and wipe the charms. The tarnish should come off fairly easy as you buff them, however if the silver jewelry charms were very tarnished you might need to repeat the procedure a few times to complete the process of cleaning silver jewelry charms.
2. Silver Cleaners – Store bought solutions for cleaning silver jewelry can be in nearly every grocery store, supermarket, jewelry store or specialty store and are a useful way in the process of cleaning silver jewelry.
- To begin, try and rub away as much of the tarnish on the silver charms as you can. This may take a bit of elbow grease if the tarnish is very set in.
- Next, find a container just like in the salt and foil method above and place the recommended amount of the silver cleaner in the bowl.
- Put on gloves to protect your skin from the silver cleaner as it can be harmful to the human skin if allowed to be absorbed into it in large quantities.
- Place the tarnished silver jewelry into the bowl, allowing the silver cleaner to completely coat the jewelry. (Remove the silver right after the jewelry has been coated as the cleaner can damage silver jewelry if left to soak in it for longer periods.)
- With a soft cloth, begin to rub the silver clear away. This will begin to loosen the tarnish on the silver jewelry charms and after a few minutes of thoroughly rubbing the charm piece the tarnish should be gone.
- Rinse the silver cleaning solution off of the silver jewelry charms with cool water; be sure to get it all as again if left on for longer the silver cleaner can damage the jewelry.
- Buff the silver after cleaning the silver jewelry. The result should be silver jewelry charms that look good as new!