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Easy Way to Clean Silver Jewelry

January 26, 2012 by · 17 Comments 

how to clean a whole box of jewelry in just minutes!


I’m not that much of a girly girl, but am realizing that I can get away with wearing the same plain shirt and jeans quite often if I switch up my jewelry. Recently, my friend Jennifer’s (yes, I realize ALL my friends are named Jennifer..) mom started selling jewelry, which means I’ve started to buy more pieces.

I love my new jewelry, but find that real silver tarnishes much too quick for my liking, and I stop wearing it completely after a few months. After a bit of googling, I discovered the quickest and easiest way to wash it all at once to remove the tarnish: a salt water bath with aluminum foil. The hot water and salt loosens the dirt and grime, while the aluminum foil attracts the tarnish (for the super-geeky, this is an ion exchange), and it then wipes away from the jewelry (or silver pieces) easily with a soft towel.

This wiki post intrigued me, but it was the testimonials from this message board that won me over.

I would not use this method to clean jewelry with precious stones. All the stones I dropped in the solution were made from glass.

The Ingredients.

tarnished silver jewelry, silver pieces (flatware, etc) (I also threw in a hammered copper pendant, which cleaned beautifully)

aluminum foil

1 tablespoon table salt

hot water

glass container or jar


The Directions.

Fill a glass jar or container with hot water, and stir in a tablespoon of table salt. Make sure the salt has dissolved completely, and throw in a few (I did three) 1-inch aluminum foil strips. Add jewelry. Let soak for a few hours, stirring every so often to remove dirt (the water will get brownish in color).

Dry jewelry completely with a soft towel and store in a silver cloth or tarnish-free tissue paper to keep this from happening over and over and over and over and over again. Sigh.


The Verdict.

This worked much better than I expected it to– the dirt and tarnish just wiped away with the towel. I found some of my really badly tarnished chains needed to soak longer, but they still were ready to go in a few hours. I only wish I was gutsy enough to tie the crockpot in with this one…

monday, the 297th day of the year

October 25, 2010 by · 3 Comments 


Good morning! I hope you got a good night’s sleep and are ready to start a brand new week. What’s the weather been like where you live? Are you finished opening windows for the season, except for a little fresh air here and there?

If so, it’s time to clean the windows (from the inside) and the blinds. I do blinds with a damp cloth (old cloth diapers or t-shirts work well, unless you’ve got some microfiber dusting cloths). You can use water, but I prefer to spritz lightly with a bit of windex or the like to cut through any grease left by sticky fingers. and? I really like the smell of windex. :-)


clean the windows/blinds in the main living area of your house—family room, living/dining room, etc.

weekend recovery

Wednesday, speed dust and vacuum

August 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Happy Wednesday!

Speed dust and vacuum today–super quick, just get the main areas of the rooms. No need to obsess.

PROM the front entry way closet and guest bathroom—anywhere where a guest might hang out by his or herself—make sure the area is decluttered and maintained.


speed dust and vacuum

PROM guest areas

daily 7

Wednesday: clobber the cobwebs

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Break out the shop vac today, or get out The Webster. Dust the tops of all your window trim and crown molding today, and get down any cobwebs or dead moths that are hanging out in the corners.


clobber the cobwebs

daily 7

speed vacuum and quick mop

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