Your silver jewellery turns black when it has been exposed to air, because of oxidation, especially if it was wet. Oxidation leaves a thin layer of corrosion over your jewellery and can dull its shine. While you would want to look your best this Navratri and step out to work and later for dandiya-raas with your jewellery shining, we understand the time constraints your busy work schedule might pose.
Relax, you don’t need expensive products from a jewellery store to clean your silver; just a few everyday items in your home can do the trick. Here are a few tips to bring the shine back to your jewellery.
1) Use Toothpaste
Take an old toothbrush, dab a small amount of toothpaste on it and scrub your oxidised jewellery gently. Rinse out the jewellery and the toothbrush and hang the jewellery to dry. Gently wipe with a clean, soft cloth. You will soon see your silver jewellery restored to its original shine.
2) Use Baking Soda
Take a bowl and line it with aluminium foil, keeping the shiny side up. Add 2 cups of warm water along with 2 tbsp. of baking soda to the bowl (it’s normal for the mixture to start bubbling). Immediately place your jewellery in the dish, ensure the silver touches the foil. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If the silver is badly tarnished, you can leave your jewellery in the bowl for 10 minutes. Then remove your jewellery with a spoon or a pair of kitchen tongs and rinse under cool water. Finally, take a dry cloth and wipe your jewellery clean.
3) Use Dishwashing Gel
Take a bowl of warm water and add 2-3 drops of liquid dishwashing gel to it. Dip a soft cloth in this soapy solution and use it to rub your oxidised jewellery. This will help remove the tarnish. Finally, rinse under cool water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
There you go! Try these tips and feel free to enjoy the Navratri celebrations in your sparkling silver jewellery.