Silver is one of the most precious metals on earth. In antiquity there was even a time when it was more precious than gold.
Silver jewelry are present almost in every house and in every woman’s collection. They often turn yellow, blacken and lose their brilliance.
Here’s a list with the main correct ways of cleaning silver in home conditions.
It is believed that ammonia is the best remedy to clean silver in home conditions. However, keep in mind that its use on jewelry with gemstones is very dangerous, and you should be very careful when cleaning them. Ammonia is strictly forbidden on gilded silver and pearls.
Here are the ways of cleaning silver using ammonia:
Soak silver in ammonia solution with a concentration of 10% for 10 minutes. Then wash the jewelry well with clean water, dry it and rub it well.
Mix 5 tablespoons of clean water, 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a tablespoon of teeth cleaner powder. Mix this solution and take a piece of material, soak it in this substance and thoroughly clean the silver. Then rinse with clean water and dry it with a towel.
Citric acid (lemon salt)
Silver jewelry with gemstones can be easily cleaned using citric acid. Put in a pot two glasses of water and 100 grams of citric acid (powder). Then insert your jewels in there and let the pot on fire for 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, wash the silver with warm water.
If you do not want to risk boiling the jewels, then squeeze some lemons and pour the juice into a cup. Now put the jewels in there and leave them until the color changes. After this wash them with warm water.
Baking soda and salt
Baking soda and salt are certainly found in any household. Pour 2 cups of water in a small metal bowl (it is very important to be metal, not aluminum) and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix a little and put the bowl on fire. When the solution boils, put on the water surface a food foil and above the foil put the jewelry, so it does not touch the metal bowl. After 10-20 seconds remove it from the water. Now you just have to wipe and dry the jewelry well.
A big mistake that people do is that they wipe the silver jewelry with sodium bicarbonate powder, this way scratching it. It is recommended to add a few drops of water so that the powder take the form of a porridge.
To clean the silver using salt, use the following method: Mix in a pot one tablespoon of table salt with a glass of water. Let the silver in the solution for 2-3 hours and then put the pot on fire for about 15-20 minutes. Wash the silver with clean water and wipe it well.