Does your sterling silver or two-tone jewelry need spring cleaning? Watch this 4min 15sec video to learn how you can restore your most loved VLM Jewelry pieces to their like-new sparkle with a quick and easy DIY recipe. Print the free recipe card.
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Full video transcript: Today we're gonna be doing a little spring cleaning and I'm going to share my favorite at-home recipe for cleaning all of your sterling silver or brass jewelry. You're going to need one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of baking soda, a half cup of white vinegar and one cup of boiling hot water. You'll also need some tin foil and a large bowl. I'm going to place my tin foil in the bowl, shiny side up like so and you can wrap the excess around the bowl. I'm gonna add the one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of baking soda and the half cup of vinegar. Get ready for the fizz because it's going to make a little bit of a chemical reaction.
Just pour that in like so, make it all bubbly and fizzy and let that calm down a bit. I'm gonna stir it up with a little spoon to dissolve some of the granules then we will add our boiling hot water. It's gonna fizz again.
Okay and today I'm cleaning the sterling silver Eternal Hoops from our Atmosphaera Collection. As you can see they look pretty gray and dingy so we're gonna get rid of all that tarnish. I'm gonna go ahead and place these in the bowl, just be careful not to burn your fingers with the boiling water.
So I put those in the bowl and I have some handy plastic tongs here. I'm gonna just shift those around so that as much of the metal is touching the foil as possible. I tend to let this sit in the solution for about five or ten minutes and then we come back to check. I grabbed my trusty tongs again, make sure not to burn your fingers. I'm going to buff this with the soft toothbrush.
This method is best for any sterling silver jewelry you have that has our signature hammered texture. I wouldn't recommend this cleaning solution for any pieces that have a high shine polish because the granules could potentially scratch the surface of the metal, especially on gold. Gold is very soft, it's a lot softer than sterling silver, so I would never want you to damage your jewelry by using this DIY method to clean it.
Then I'll grab our towel and dry these off. Dry this one off too and you'll probably start to see a little bit of tarnish coming off on the towel so you know it's working.
And then I'm going to finish these off by buffing them with a little microfiber cloth.
So as you can see these are already so much better, they're so shiny! I usually give it a finishing touch with a sterling silver polishing cloth, this one's been very well loved as you can see it already has tarnish on it but we're just going to rub this real quick.
Give a quick final buff and there you have it! They look good as new, super shiny, I don't see any tarnish left on these babies. So if you love this tutorial please feel free to comment below, share it with your friends and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!