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how to remove tarnish and clean silver coins, bars, or jewelry

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Published on Mar 3, 2010

I discovered an easy method for removing tarnish from silver, using stuff we all have at home. After viewing the technique I decided to film myself trying it out for the first time. Since then it has become an indispensable tool for caring for my silver!

You'll need an inert bowl (such as glass or ceramic), 2 cups very hot water, a teaspoon of table salt, a piece of folded up aluminum foil, and a tablespoon of baking soda.

This reaction only works with silver, so don't use it on other metal types. The more silver in your item, the better this process will clean it. I recommend it mainly for junk silver (80% or 90%), sterling silver (92.5%), or pure silver bullion (99% and up). It has been known to work on jewelry. I don't recommend it for coins with numismatic (collector) value, or for valuable jewelry, unless you know what you're doing.

If you found it useful, please let me know, and consider sharing the link with someone else who could use it!

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