Did you know that toothpaste works like a charm at cleaning tarnished silver jewelry? No? Me either, but I Googled "how to clean silver jewelry" and using toothpaste came up as a recommendation, along with baking soda. Skeptical I tried it on these earrings that are cute, but not my favorites. It's worth mentioning that I'd soaked this pair in a chemical cleaner for more than 12 hours overnight and the result was the earring on the right. I rubbed toothpaste on the earring on the left and hey presto it looked like new within seconds. Seconds!! Sorry the photo's a bit dark I had to use my phone camera which has no flash as I'd run out of batteries for my proper camera.
Admittedly my earrings do have a minty fresh scent, but that's not the worse thing in the world. Apparently the key ingredient is the baking soda, so gel toothpastes won't work. I went on a jewelry cleaning frenzy after that. I have a bunch of silver bangles that I'd bought on my South American travels that I wasn't wearing as they were heavily tarnished, but they look perfect again now!! I'm so happy!!