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5 easy Methods for removing tarnish

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It’s common to forget jewellery in the bathroom and neglect it, which can lead to tarnishing. Tarnishing happens for a lot of reason, HERE you can read all about it. In this article we share 5 easy Methods for removing tarnish on your precious jewellery.

You might heard the term “Prevention is better than the cure”. This is especially true when it comes to sterling silver jewellery.

We recommend to use your Jewellery Polishing Cloth which comes with your Breena Jewellery Box. You can use this polishing cloth to keep your silver/gold jewellery looking beautiful and to prevent tarnishing. A polishing cloth is specifically designed to remove dirt, oil, and other contaminants that can contribute to tarnish buildup. By regularly wiping down your items with a polishing cloth, you can help maintain their shiny appearance and prevent tarnish from forming. It’s important to use this soft, non-abrasive cloth and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, which can scratch or damage the surface of the item.

2. Home made cleaning solution- washing-up liquid + Water

It is sometimes just isn’t enough to polish your jewellery when tarnish is more severe on your piece. The good news is that there are many good solutions to clean your jewellery, and it can be easily done using items that are already available at home.

To clean silver using washing-up liquid  and water, you’ll need a soft cloth, mild dish soap and warm water.

-First, mix a small amount of dish soap ( few drops) with warm water in a bowl.
-Dip the cloth into the mixture and wring it out so it’s not dripping wet.
-Then, gently rub the silver item with the cloth, making sure to get into the crevices.
-Rinse the item with warm water and dry it off with a soft, clean cloth.
-Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the silver

You can alternatively place the tarnished jewellery in the solution and let it soak for 10-15 minutes.

3. Baking soda + wAter

The silver baking soda cleaning method is a simple and effective way to clean silver items.

This method works by chemically reacting with the tarnish on the silver, causing it to dissolve and be removed. It is a gentle and non-abrasive way to clean silver, making it a great option for delicate items.


  • To use this method, create a paste by mixing baking soda and water.
  • Apply the paste to the silver item using a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Rub the paste gently onto the surface of the silver
  • Rinse it with water

4. Aluminium foil+Baking soda+ salt+water

Another option is to line a bowl with aluminium foil, add hot water and a tablespoon of salt, and then place the silver in the bowl.
The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil, leaving it bright and clean.

Stir the solution to ensure the baking soda dissolves in the mix, as granules may scratch the metal. It takes around 5-10minutes to see any results.
Rinse the jewellery in warm water and dry with a clean cloth.

5. Professional Cleaning Service

If you don’t have enough time to clean your jewellery, why not bring it to a professional silver cleaner?

Professional cleaners have specialised equipment and knowledge that allows them to clean jewellery safely and effectively, reducing the risk of damage or wear and tear.

We recommend Never use tissues or paper towels to clean the items, as they could potentially scratch the silver.

A little bit of routine care can keep high-end jewelry looking its best for years. Read all about taking care of your jewellery.

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