Silver Polish Test: Pinterest Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe vs Wright's Silver Cream


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I put a popular homemade jewelry cleaner recipe that I found on PInterest to the test against my old trusty stand-by, Wright's Silver Cream. The homemade recipe called for heated water, baking soda, salt and aluminum foil. The chemical reaction smell gave me a headache all night.

1. Vase 1 is the 'before' image for the group. They all looked like this before the experiment began. Shameful, I know.

2. Vase 2 was left to soak the BOTTOM HALF ONLY in the Homemade Jewelry Cleaner (HJC) for 10 minutes.

3. Vase 3 was cleaned with Wright's Silver Cream 100% and didn't touch the HJC

4. Vase 4 was soaked completely in the HJC for 10 minutes and rinsed with clean water.

5. Vase 5 was soaked completely in the HJC for 10 minutes and then scrubbed with Wright's Silver Cream.

I think you can see a clear winner here. The one that I polished by hand with the Silver Cream is gleaming and beautiful.

It was likely a silver plated piece, but I didn't know that before I gave it a chemical bath. These vases were a memento from my

  • We have a winner! Wright's did the job much better than any shortcut ever could.
  • As seen in the photos, the Wright's cream combined with some elbow grease is the clear winner, while the homemade jewelry cleaner left a piece of my silver tarnished forever. (on left)

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  • Barbara Valenti
    Barbara Valenti Ponchatoula, LA
    Does anybody still use Tarnex? I know smells awful! When I am desperate I will quickly use it. Then takes hours to remove the odor. I also go over my silver lightly after using the Tarnex as to remove any residue left. Looks great, for awhile.
  • Artsy One
    Artsy One Virginia Beach, VA
    Colgate or Crest white toothpaste works best..if you have real silver! Plus, the sweet smell of peppermint is an extra benefit! ;-)
  • Darlene Craige MacPherson
    I have used "Britz" silver cleaner on both plate & sterling & then rise in a bath of baking soda & then a rinse of just water, buff with a soft cloth- silver plate or sterling will shine & keep shine for a long time as all the "chemical" cleaner is well
  • Diane Warner
    Diane Warner Troy, MI
    BLESS YOUR HEART~~I have tried the homemade cleaning process twice to no avail and I have asked and asked for a commercial product that really works and I stumbled upon your above post.........Thank you so very much
  • Barbara Valenti
    Barbara Valenti Ponchatoula, LA
    I have used the aluminum foil with the soda and boiling water. I think it damaged my silver plate but did a good job on the real stuff as I remember. Haven't polished my silver in years, guess as we age it becomes a chore. So we use our other
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