Your jewellery can be cleaned as needed using tarnish removers or warm soapy water to remove dirt and grime.
Polishing cloths for silver are impregnated with chemicals which remove tarnish and are soft enough to not scratch the metal.
These are generally the safest option to remove tarnish from your precious metal jewellery. To remove tarnish rub your jewellery gently with the polishing cloth, doing your best to get into crevices. You'll find the cloth getting black marks on it as the tarnish is removed - you can keep use these cloths until they are black - they shouldn't be washed.
These magic cloths are great for cleaning tarnish from your jewellery, but they might not remove general grime and dirt (yuck!) from hard to reach places. Mild soap, warm water and a soft toothbrush are best for that.
My eco friendly silver cleaning method:
A low tech cleaning method that will help to remove tarnish. Best of all, you will probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
Line the bottom of a small bowl with aluminium foil. Pour a cup of hot water into the bowl and mix in the following:
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon dish washing detergent
Put the jewellery to be cleaned into the bowl so it sits on top of the foil and is covered by the solution.
After about 5 minutes you can rinse your jewellery in cool water and dry it with a soft cloth. Discard the solution and the foil (which is likely to be quite murky!). Repeat if necessary.
Don't rub bicarb, toothpaste or any other harsh cleansers into your jewellery. This actually removes metal from the surface, causing scratches and over time will deplete the precious metal content. Honestly just don't use them!