The best home remedies: cleaning silver jewelry

Whether it's a ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings - silver jewelry shines with its versatility and gives every outfit that certain something. Unfortunately, silver is particularly susceptible to black discoloration, which steals the show from this popular precious metal. But don't worry - we'll show you how home remedies can help you remove discoloration and dirt quickly!

Why your silver jewelry needs regular cleaning

Why does silver jewelry actually tarnish? Silver is a soft metal that is susceptible to scratches and discoloration. Daily use and contact with skin, sweat and other substances can cause your jewelry to change over time. Scratches can occur when silver comes into contact with hard objects, while discoloration can occur due to chemical reactions with air or other substances. To prevent this, it is important to clean and care for your silver jewelry properly and regularly. In the following, we will therefore introduce you to a few simple cleaning methods using household remedies that everyone has at home.

The most important facts at a glance

Cleaning with washing-up liquid

Cleaning jewelry made easy - with washing-up liquid.

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Baking powder or baking soda against tarnished silver

Not only good for silver cutlery: success with the miracle powder.

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Cleaning with aluminum foil

All you need for this method is a small bowl, salt and aluminum foil.

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Cleaning silver jewelry with toothpaste

Toothbrush + toothpaste + silver jewelry = Like new!

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Cleaning with washing-up liquid

The first cleaning method we would like to introduce to you is very simple. All you need is a bowl, warm water, washing-up liquid and a soft toothbrush. And off you go!
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Step 1: Mix water and detergent

First pour warm water (not hot) with a few drops of washing-up liquid into the bowl and mix the two together.
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Step 2: Let the jewelry soak

Now place your dirty silver jewelry in it and leave it there for a few minutes. If the silver is particularly tarnished, you can leave it in for longer.
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Step 3: Treat silver with a brush

To really remove all dirt, you can now gently scrub your jewelry with a clean toothbrush.
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Step 4: Rinse silver jewelry

Now rinse your jewelry with lukewarm water.
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Step 5: Dry the jewelry

Finally, you can dry and polish your silver with a cloth. Et violà, the shine is back!

Baking powder or baking soda against tarnished silver

With the next method, you can easily clean not only sterling silver, but also nickel-based silver and silver-plated jewelry.

For this method, you will need a bowl, two tablespoons of baking powder or baking soda, a soft toothbrush and warm water. Caution: Please do not use this method on jewelry with enamel, gemstones or pearls!

First, put about two tablespoons of baking soda or baking powder in the bowl and add water until a firm paste is formed. For even more thorough cleaning, you can add a little salt and washing-up liquid to nickel-based silver and sterling silver. You can now either leave your silver to soak in the paste or apply it to the jewelry with a soft brush and massage it in.

You will see how quickly you can make your jewelry shine again - cleaning silver is actually fun!

Now just rinse with water and repeat if necessary. That's it!

Did you know? All our silver jewelry is made from certified 925 sterling silver without nickel, so that even allergy sufferers can wear our jewelry without any concerns. Depending on the color, they are then gold-plated with high-quality vermeil.

Cleaning with aluminum foil

The next cleaning method involves household remedies that everyone probably has at home: Aluminum foil and salt. Together, they act like a magnet that attracts the tarnish on your silver jewelry and makes it shine again. And this is how it works:
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Step 1: Line the bowl with aluminum foil

Find a small bowl of your choice, line it with a suitably sized piece of aluminum foil and attach it to the edge of the bowl.
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Step 2: Add hot water and salt

Fill the lined bowl with hot water and stir in a tablespoon of salt. Stir until the salt has completely dissolved.
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Step 3: Place the jewelry in the bowl

Now place your tarnished silver jewelry in the water bath and leave it to soak for a few minutes.
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Step 4: Drying the jewelry

Now take the jewelry out of the bowl and dry it with a soft cloth. You can also polish the silver with a microfiber cloth. That's it!

Cleaning silver jewelry with toothpaste

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Another helpful product for cleaning silver jewelry is toothpaste. The substances it contains not only clean your teeth, but can also remove stubborn tarnish from your silver jewelry. In addition to the paste, you will need a soft toothbrush and a soft cloth for this method.

First apply a suitable amount of toothpaste to your piece of jewelry. You can then gently rub it in with the soft toothbrush. Caution: Always use a soft brush, as hard bristles can accidentally scratch the silver.

Now you should leave the paste to work briefly and then rinse the silver jewelry with clear water. The last step is to use the cloth: you can use it to rub your silver dry and make it shine again!

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Quick shine with the Pukka cleansing spray

Our Pukka cleaning spray is probably the easiest and quickest way to remove discoloration and dirt from your jewelry. It contains 5% anionic surfactants, which not only optimally clean silver jewelry, but also gold and platinum jewelry, as well as gold-plated jewelry and jewelry with gemstones. The spray head of the spray applies the ideal amount of care liquid to the piece of jewelry so that nothing is wasted. We recommend drying and polishing the silver afterwards with a soft microfiber cloth. However, a normal cotton cloth is also suitable for this.
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And the best thing about it: The 30ml spray fits in every handbag and is therefore the perfect companion for everyday use or when traveling. So your silver has no chance of discoloring! You can buy our spray both online and in any of our stores. To the spray


The various cleaning methods with household remedies show: Annoying and unsightly discoloration can be quickly and easily removed from your silver pieces. The following applies: the more often and regularly you clean and care for the precious metal, the longer it will be your companion and give your outfits that special touch!

If you have the feeling that the cleaning methods are having no effect on your silver jewelry or you would simply like to have it professionally cleaned, you are welcome to visit us in one of our stores. You can find us in Berlin in our showroom at Torstraße 159 or on the first floor of Bikini Berlin. Here we will clean your favorite items for you with our ultrasonic device and advise you on all possible questions.
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By the way: The methods listed here are only suitable for pure silver. If you want to clean gold-plated (silver) pieces, you can find our article on cleaning gold jewelry here. 

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