I am like a crow. Seriously, I hoard shiny, sparkly baubles and have been fortunate enough to be gifted with them over the years (with a few investments myself).
Unfortunately, my earring and necklace collection is forever doomed to be consistently tarnishable. My repertoire of jewellery that I can wear had actually significantly decreased due to the ugliness of their status.
I didn't want to use disgusting, chemical filled silver polish- that stuff smells like chemical death for a reason. According to MedlinePlus jewellery cleaners can have corrosive alkali, ammonia, detergent and soap which can have a variety of sketchy health reactions.
Unfortunately toothpaste wasn't going to cut my cleaning needs, nor would a cleaning cloth. I have little loops, and tiny spaces that are impossible to polish with a cloth. I needed a dip... and therefore resigned to living with a pile of brownish silver jewellery.
Until... I googled how to 'eco' clean silver and discovered the easiest, cheapest and extremely environmentally friendly way to do a jewellery cleaning dip! I'll admit I was doubtful... until it worked!!! Cue Happy Dance. Seriously, this is the bestest, easiest and very eco-friendly silver jewellery dip!
What you need:
1. a ceramic bowl- sized to support your jewellery pile.
2. recycled aluminum tinfoil (we have 'If you care')
3. 2 tablespoons of salt
4. Boiling water
5. 4 minutes of humming jeopardy or a little happy dance.
Enter exhibition A: dingy tarnished silver jewellery.
Post Eco-Dip: The light doesn't do it justice, it was sparkling!
It even cleaned away tarnish in the tiny little loops and inbetween spots on my Trudy Gallagher earrings and this pretty yoga pendant Andrew had bought me a few years ago.
How does it work? According to About.com when salt and aluminum foil and water combine there's an ion exchange (chemical reaction) where the tarnish on the silver is transferred to the aluminum. Supposedly if there's enough tarnish you can see it on the foil, but we checked and no tarnish spots were noticed.
Never again to buy chemical silver jewellery polish and cleaner! Success!