I'm pretty skeptical about these supposed miracle home remedies, but I figured, if it didn't work, or ruined my jewelery, it was stuff I wasn't wearing anyhow because the tarnish made them so ugly.
The original directions do state not to use this method on items that are silver plated, as it could damage the metal underneath. But, as I explained earlier, I wasn't wearing any of these things anyhow because they were so tarnished. I felt I had nothing to lose.
Woah! Look how shiny they are! I can't believe it worked so well.
Want to know how I did it?
Take a piece of foil and line a heat resistant bowl or dish. Combine 2-3 teaspoons each of table salt and baking soda with enough boiling water to cover your jewelery. The jewelery should be touching the foil and each other. Then you let it soak for 5 minutes. Polish with a towel to get them to shine.
I did have to let the twisty earrings soak for an additional 5 minutes because they were so horribly tarnished. And for some reason there was a mild stink of sulfur for the 5 minutes the jewelery was soaking. That was really odd, but the odor did subsided so I'm just going to chalk it up to one of those weird things. The jewelery seems fine so who really cares.
I'm just so happy to be able to wear these pieces again!