*Eco-friendly ways to clean your silver:
Toothpaste: Squeeze a dab of toothpaste on to a soft baby toothbrush or soft cloth and rub onto silver, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
More ways to clean:
Water/baking soda/aluminum foil: Place silver cutlery and/or jewelry in an aluminum pan or a baking dish lined with foil. Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the pieces. Pour boiling water over top and allow it to soak for about 15 minutes. The tarnish will magically appear on the foil rather than the silver.
Aluminum foil and vinegar: Line the base of a skillet with foil, shiny side facing upward. Mix 1 cup vinegar per quart of water, and bring liquid to a boil. Place silver into boiling water and soak for about five minutes before turning off stove. Remove silver pieces and rinse them with hot water. Wipe dry with soft cloth.
Rubbing alcohol: For mild mineral spots or residue, combine 1 part rubbing alcohol and 4 parts water in a bowl, dip a clean cloth or rag into the mixture, and rub over silver. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth.
*Taken directly from MNN.com.
Article by Melanie Lasoff Levs
Once the silver is shiny again, how do you keep it so?
- Always wipe jewelry with a soft lint free cloth to remove sweat and oils.
- Wrap your jewelry in acid-free tissue paper and seal in a zip-top bag.
- Store with a small Silica Gel pack in a sealed bag.
- Do not store earrings with plastic or rubber backs.
You may store your beautiful handmade Sterling Silver piece in the anti-tarnish bag provided when you purchase Jewelry by Gianna Seca (free gift with purchase - restrictions apply*).
*Not all pieces include a free anti-tarnish bag or kit.