How to Clean Silver Jewelry With Vinegar

by Amy Davidson

When it comes to your silver jewelry, a bright shine and smudge-free appearance will keep it looking its finest. While name brand jewelry cleaners can do the trick, they can be pricey and contain tough chemicals. Luckily white vinegar, a common and cheap household item, is chemical-free and gentle to use on your silver jewelry in order to get it gleaming.

Mix together baking soda and white vinegar in a small bowl. Make sure the bowl is deep enough so that the solution doesn’t bubble over, since that will happen initially when you mix these two ingredients.

Lay your silver jewelry into the solution and let it sit for an hour. Take out any jewelry that has tough grime or caked on tarnish and use your toothbrush to lightly scrub it off; it should be loosened enough at this point.

Place the jewelry back into the solution and allow it to sit for another hour. Remove and hold jewelry under the faucet with cool running water. Gently rub away solution or any bits of baking soda with your fingertips.

Dry the jewelry with a lint-free polishing cloth, wiping it in circular motions to prevent smudges and get it gleaming.

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Items you will need

  • 8 ounces of white vinegar
  • 1 ounce of baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Lint-free polishing cloth


  • This method is effective for silver jewelry, but not recommended for jewelry with gems or gold finish. For jewelry with stones you can try club soda, and for gold jewelry medium to light beer can work effectively as a cleaning soak.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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