How to Make Homemade Silver Jewelry Cleaner

by Aja Rivers ; Updated September 28, 2017

Silver jewelry can become dull and tarnished due to a chemical reaction with substances in the air that contain sulfur. To help prevent tarnishing, store each piece of your silver jewelry individually in a cotton jewelry bag. Store the jewelry bags in a dry location, away from sunlight. If your silver jewelry gets tarnished, you can restore its shine economically with a homemade silver jewelry cleaner.

Items you will need

  • Glass bowl or jar
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. dish liquid
  • Plastic spoon
  • Cool water for rinsing
  • Clean towel
Step 1

Press the piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, onto the inside of the bowl or jar.

Step 2

Pour hot water into the bowl or jar.

Step 3

Add the salt, baking soda and dish liquid to the water, and stir lightly.

Step 4

Place the silver jewelry into the cleaning mixture, and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the silver jewelry from the bowl or jar with a plastic spoon, and thoroughly rinse it with cool tap water.

Step 6

Dry the silver jewelry completely with a clean towel.


  • People with sensitive skin should wear rubber or plastic gloves to avoid contact with the homemade silver jewelry cleaner.

Photo Credits

  • Artem Kononenko/Demand Media

About the Author

Aja Rivers is a New England native who has been writing professionally for nine years. Her poetry has appeared in "Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry," "Main Channel Voices" and "The Aurorean." She has an associate's degree in science from Cape Cod Community College and a paralegal certificate from Gloucester County College. Rivers is also a certified all-breed dog groomer.