How to clean a silver chain that turned black

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How to clean a silver chain that turned black
Household products can clean your silver chain. (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/10044)

Silver jewellery is a timeless fashion that has been around for thousands of years. Today's silver jewellery is more durable because most of it is actually sterling silver, which is only 92.5 per cent silver (the rest is copper, zinc or nickel). Silver is often made into chains, which come in many different textures, styles and finishes -- sometimes making the silver look like white gold. However, the main problem with a silver chain is that it tarnishes -- or turns black -- over time. There are many different methods of cleaning your silver chain, and they can thankfully be performed using many different household products.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Aluminium foil
  • Pan
  • Silver polish

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a toothbrush to clean your chain with white toothpaste. Rinse completely with warm water and rub with a soft cloth to shine. Use the kind of cloth you would use to clean your glasses or computer screen.

  2. 2

    Create a paste with baking soda and water and scrub your chain with a toothbrush. Rinse and rub clean with a cloth when you are done. You can also mix water and baking soda in a bowl so that it is still a liquid (not a paste) and let the chain soak for 5 minutes. Rinse and then rub with a cloth to polish.

  3. 3

    Clean your silver chain with aluminium foil, baking soda and salt. Put some aluminium foil, your silver chain and a couple of centimetres of water at the bottom of a pan. Add 2 tsp of salt and 2 tsp of baking soda; bring it to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes. Remove your chain, rinse, and buff with a soft cloth. This method of cleaning may work best if your chain is tightly woven and you're having a hard time getting into all of the nooks and crannies.

  4. 4

    Use a silver polish to clean your silver chain. Follow the directions on the packaging. Usually, you soak the chain or clean it with a cloth or small brush.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use an electric toothbrush in the scrubbing procedures.

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