It is recommended to shower with or wash your .925 sterling silver if worn daily. Although the pure silver in sterling silver does not react and tarnish at room temperature, the copper added can easily react with the salt and sulfur in the air, making sterling silver rust/tarnish (appear pink, yellowish). Tarnishing can take place even faster if sterling silver come in contact with detergents or cosmetics. Our natural body chemistries can also affect how fast your sterling silver tarnishes. If you store away your jewelry - particles in the air or pollutants can contribute towards tarnishing as well. To remove the rust/tarnish and make your jewelry look brand new and sparkly again, follow the fast and simple steps below by using just two simple over the counter ingredients.
***If you're sterling silver is gold plated, overtime, you may notice (black/brown) spots of rust, even if its stored away. If this happens, a polishing wipe can be used to remove this rust/tarnish. It is not recommended to shower with gold plated sterling silver, as the layer of gold will eventually "fall off." If the gold tone rubs off, your jewelry will turn silver and can be re-dipped or re-plated by a jeweler. Sterling silver does not and will not turn your skin green, however, the jewelry itself may turn a darkish color due to rust/tarnishing, but this can be easily removed.
Steps to clean your .925 sterling silver:
- In a small cup or bowl - mix baking soda with lime or lemon juice – this will create a chemical reaction.
- Let your sterling silver jewelry soak in the baking soda/lime juice solution for 3-5 mins.
- The chemical reaction created, will remove the rust on your sterling silver.
- Brush your sterling silver (with a small brush) while using the solution created with the baking soda and lime/lemon juice for 1-2 minutes.
- Use warm tap water and dish washing soap (Palmolive) and continue brushing your sterling silver to remove baking soda and lime/lemon juice residue as well as any oils.
- Dry jewelry – this can be the final step.
- Optional additional step: Polish your jewelry with a sterling silver polishing cloth after step 1-6 has been completed.
- Wash your jewelry under warm tap water and dishwashing soap once complete to remove rust residue from polishing cloth.
*Please watch my Youtube video where I clean a Tiffany's Diamond by the yard sterling silver necklace, for instructions on how to clean/polish your sterling silver at home, Link below.