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How do you clean silver jewelry?

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To clean silver jewelry, place 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda on a foil-covered pie plate, add hot water, stir the mixture, and submerge the jewelry in it. This 30-minute procedure requires a pie plate, aluminum foil, salt, baking soda, measuring spoons, hot water and a towel.

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  1. Prepare the cleaning solution

    Line a pie plate with aluminum foil. Place 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon salt on top of the foil, and pour hot water over the ingredients. Stir the solution until the ingredients dissolve, using gentle strokes to avoid tearing the foil.

  2. Submerge the jewelry

    Lay the silver jewelry in the pie plate, and leave it there for several minutes. If it is heavily tarnished, flip the jewelry several times so all of the tarnished areas come into contact with the foil. Continue flipping the jewelry until all of the tarnish disappears.

  3. Dry the jewelry

    Lift the jewelry out of the cleaning solution, and blot it with a towel. Set it on the towel, and let it air dry for several minutes. While the jewelry is drying, dump out the cleaning solution, discard the aluminum foil, and rinse the pie plate. Inspect the jewelry, and return it to its storage container.

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