Silver as a metal is actually too soft to make jewelry by itself. Most silver jewelry is actually about 92 percent silver and 8 percent a different metal, usually copper. Fine silver is 99 percent silver, so it is a lot more fragile. Silver can be exposed to chlorine in swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas. Ideally, you should take your jewelry off before getting into a swimming pool or other chlorinated water.

Things You'll Need

Run the tap until you have some warm water.

Collect all of your silver jewelry that has been exposed to chlorine.

Put a dab of mild dish soap on your fingers.

Scrub the silver with your fingers.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Hang to dry.


  • Do not use a toothbrush, toothpaste or baking soda to clean your jewelry. These substances are too abrasive to use on silver jewelry. Get in hard-to-reach places on your jewelry with a soft small paintbrush.

References and Resources

How to Clean Silver Jewelry