Tarnished sterling silver comes from lack of use and contact with other metals, but these items can be cleaned with a toothbrush, baking soda and water. Avoid spending money on expensive silver polish with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping tips.
Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to clean tarnished sterling silver. A lot of times, if you want to clean tarnished sterling silver, it is, you know, your cookware, your silverware, things like that. But also, jewelry. Silver jewelry -- the only way to keep it from tarnishing is to wear it. I learned this from a friend of mine who makes jewelry, and that seems to be true because all my silver jewelry, if I keep it on, it'll stay...you know, it'll stay shiny and new. But if I set it in a jewelry box, it always tarnishes. If it's touching any other kind of metal, it's going to tarnish easier. But there is easy way to clean silver, and what I would do is take a couple of hours out of a day and go on and gather up all your silver -- your rings, your cookware, your silverware, whatever it is -- and clean all of it at once. But this is how you do it. Grab your baking soda and get a cup of water and a cleaning toothbrush that you use to clean with. Sprinkle baking soda into something -- you know, a small bowl, a coffee cup, whatever you have available. And get a cup of water. Dip your toothbrush in the water. Get it nice and wet, and then dip it in the baking soda. The baking soda will stick to the toothbrush, and you'll be able to taste the baking soda, unfortunately. It's...you know, it's powder and it'll be flying through the air. But don't worry, it's harmless. And you're going to scrub your silver just like this. This is an easy at-home way to clean your silver without spending lots of money on silver polish or all of these, you know, miracle products that are supposed to clean it. And no matter what, if you're trying to polish silver or clean silver, the main ingredient you're going to need is elbow grease. Just remember that. Nothing comes easy if it's... If it's worth it, it's not easy. Once you do this, you just want to rinse it off. Check it out, and you may have to repeat this process, but it will come clean. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you clean tarnished sterling silver.
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