Sterling silver jewelry can lose its luster over time, but it’s not lost forever. You can bring back the shine with an inexpensive home staple: baking soda. However, don’t use it on jewelry with stones like diamonds, rubies, pearls, or other precious, delicate gems—it can cause damage.

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Line a saucepan with aluminum foil. Add about 3 inches of water to the pan. Pour 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon table salt into the water. Stir gently with a spoon.

Place the pan on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Add the sterling silver jewelry and boil for about 2 minutes. Be sure there’s enough water in the pan to completely cover the jewelry.

Use tongs to remove the jewelry from the water. Rinse jewelry under cool water and lay flat on a soft cloth to air-dry.


  • Here’s an alternate method: Soak silver jewelry for a couple of hours in a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar and 3 tablespoons baking soda. Rinse well with cold water and buff with a soft cloth to dry.
  • Spot clean sterling silver jewelry by buffing with a soft cloth and a paste of baking soda and water. Rinse well and buff dry.