Sterling silver jewelry sets off cool skin tones beautifully. However, your treasured rings, bracelets, earrings or necklaces will dull and darken over time as exposure to body oils, moisture, lotions and daily wear and tear take their toll. You can dip your jewelry in commercial silver cleaner to restore the shine, but those products can be harsh or toxic. Instead, use baking soda to remove grease, tarnish and grime from your sterling silver. In just a few minutes, your silver jewelry will shine like new.
Mix 2 tablespoons of water with one-quarter cup of baking soda in a small bowl. It will form a thick paste.
Rub your jewelry into the baking soda paste. Use your fingers to buff away tarnish or dull spots.
Cover the sink drain with a strainer so a dropped earring doesn't go down the drain, then rinse your jewelry under cool, running water.
Blot your jewelry dry with a clean towel.