‘This Is My Best Kept Secret’: How Mommy Transformed Her Tarnished Tiffany & Co Jewelry Into SECONDS – Making It Instantly ‘Sparkling’ and Brand New
- A mother restored her damaged jewelry with baking soda and boiling water
- Tiffany’s sterling silver pieces were so stained that she no longer wore them
- She tried an ultrasonic cleaner to no avail before reading about the bicarb trick
- Her jewelry was transformed by what she called the ‘magic of chemistry’
Tarnished silver jewelry can become shiny again by soaking it in sodium bicarbonate and boiling water in a bowl covered with aluminum foil, a mother has revealed.
After her sterling silver jewelry from Tiffany & Co. so stained that she no longer wore them, the New South Wales mother began to investigate how to reverse the discoloration.
She posted in a parenting group on Facebook, saying she had tried an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to no avail before reading about the bicarb trick that made her blackened earrings and necklaces sparkle almost immediately.
“Watch the magic of chemistry happen in seconds, right in front of your eyes,” she wrote, calling the hack the “best kept secret” she has come across.
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From blackened to shiny, these tarnished Tiffany earrings were restored to their former glory after being soaked in bicarb soda and boiling water in an aluminum foil covered bowl
The jewelry should be placed in a bowl of aluminum foil – shiny side up – then drizzled with a spoonful of sodium bicarbonate and topped with boiling water
The mother said the jewelry should be placed in a bowl of aluminum foil – shiny side up – then sprinkled with a spoonful of sodium bicarbonate and topped with boiling water.
Photos of the restored jewelry have gone viral since they were shared Tuesday, with one woman calling the trick a “ lifesaver. ”
Another said she tried sodium bicarbonate on tarnished cutlery and it “worked amazingly.”
Others said they spent years polishing their jewelry with baking soda, salt and dish soap, all mixed in an aluminum foil-lined bowl.
But what makes the combination of aluminum foil and the common baking soda found in millions of Australian kitchens so effective at cleaning silver?
Photos of the recovered jewelry have gone viral since they were shared Tuesday, with a woman calling the trick a ‘life saver’
The poorly blackened silver is hardly recognizable after immersion in the baking powder
The magic is in how the affected coating reacts with the aluminum in aluminum foil.
Sulfur atoms, which bond to silver to create silver sulfide – the rusty, tarnished look – are grabbed by the bicarb and water solution and transferred to the aluminum, lifting the traces of the silver and leaving it sparkling.
Not only is the trick quick and affordable, it’s also eco-friendly, without the harmful fumes of chemical polishes.