Overstock Silver recommends using the following homemade recipe to clean all of your pure .925 sterling silver jewelry:
*Electrolytic Cleaning Solution
-1/4 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup salt
-1/4 cup liquid dish soup
-1/2 gallon of water
-Colander or Strainer
Always Work Safely
-Keep kids and pets away from stove top/hot pan.
-DO NOT put porous stones (turquoise), pearls
(cultured, freshwater), or shells (mother of pearl)
into cleaning solution
-Nothing but Sterling Silver can go into the solution,
NO plated materials
-Common Sense- if you question it, just don’t do it!
Take your large pot and line the entire inside with
aluminum foil. Combine all ingredients in the pot and
stir with your plastic spoon. Place your Sterling
Silver pieces on the bottom of the pot spread apart so
they are not touching one another. Bring the solution
to a low boil then turn stove off, remove the pan from
the hot burner and let stand for another couple
minutes. Using the colander or strainer, pour out the
solution. Rinse Sterling Silver very well with cold
water making sure you remove all of the salt off your
Sterling Silver. Place items on a dry towel to dry
out. Make sure they are not touching or layered on top
of one another. You want them to dry completely.
Remove the aluminum foil and throw it away making sure
you have all your Sterling Silver pieces. The aluminum
will be dirty because the oxides on your Sterling
Silver were transferred to the aluminum. Your Sterling
Silver now looks like new!
Now that your Sterling Silver is polished and cleaned
you need to store it properly. First, your
Sterling Silver needs to be stored in a clean, dry
place that is rotected from dirt, dust, and moisture.
Companies make special “silver keeper” boxes that you
can purchase as well to keep your Sterling Silver in.
You don’t want to store your Sterling Silver with Gold
(yellow, white, or rose). There is an actual chemical
reaction that causes the Silver to tarnish and turn
black. Also, you don’t want to wear your Sterling
Silver while applying any lotions, make-up,
moisturizers, or perfumes. Products such as these can
contain chemicals that tarnish the Sterling Silver as
well. Enjoy keeping your Sterling Silver looking like