- 1 cup water heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (I heated mine for the 2 minutes)
- 1 piece of aluminum foil. Big enough to cover the bottom of a cereal bowl.
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1Tbsp liquid dish soap
What you do is heat the water up in your bowl. While it's heating, cut or tear a piece of aluminum foil that is the size of the bottom of your bowl. Once the water is heated, place the aluminum foil in the bowl and add the salt, baking soda, and dish soap on top of the foil. I used a plastic butter knife to give it a little stir. Then I simply placed my jewelry, a few pieces at a time to the cleanser and let it sit for five to ten minutes, giving it a little nudge with the knife every so often. I could actually see the tarnish cloud up the water as it was cleared off of my jewelry. I wish I had taken before and during pictures so you could see the difference.
The chains cleaned up very nicely. Most of the tarnish came off of the pendants, but some shined up better than others. I took some pictures so you could see:
This is my charoite pendant. I had pretty decent results with this piece. The charoite itself cleaned up nicely.
As you can see from the side view, the silver part, while not showing much evidence of tarnish, isn't very shiny.
While the homemade cleaner had some good results, they weren't as good as a commercial silver cleaner would have been. My main concern with using both the homemade cleaner and a store bought sliver cleaner on my jewelry is damaging the stones. I didn't notice any adverse effects from the homemade cleaner so I think I might make another batch and try it out again. Anyone have a better recipe for jewelry cleaner that they want to recommend?