Bring the shine back to your silver jewelry.

How to Clean & Shine Sterling Silver Jewelry Without Dulling it

by Michelle Ullman

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.

Items you will need

  • Baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Sink strainer
  • Towel


  • Taking off silver jewelry before bathing or swimming will help prevent tarnishing.


  • Don't use baking soda on pearls, soft stones such as turquoise or glued pieces.

About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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