When a green stain appears on your skin after you wear silver jewelry, you’re likely to think the jewelry was cheaply made — but this isn’t always the case. All silver oxidizes over time, resulting in tarnish. A high level of acidity in your skin can accelerate the process and leave a green stain on your skin. Washing and polishing new silver jewelry regularly will eliminate the staining. If a stain should happen, though, you can eliminate it with supplies commonly found in the house.

Things You'll Need

Remove the silver jewelry for easier access to your skin.

Moisten a washcloth with warm water. Add two drops of liquid soap to the washcloth.

Rub the soapy washcloth on your skin to remove the discoloration from the jewelry.

Rinse the washcloth with warm water and wring out the excess moisture. Wipe the soap off your skin. Dry your skin with a clean towel.

Treat any remaining discolored areas by cleaning your skin with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Wet the cotton ball before wiping the rubbing alcohol over your skin. Wipe your skin dry with the clean towel to remove the rubbing alcohol and remaining stains.


  • Clean and polish your silver jewelry to prevent tarnish on the jewelry and stains on your skin.