You’ve been wearing that minimalist bar necklace every day since you bought it…and now, it’s looking a little grungy. Kind of like that silverware you inherited from your great aunt, only to have it sit, slowly getting more tarnished, in the back of a drawer. It’s time to clean up your act—and it turns out, it’s not nearly the chore you might think it is.
You don’t need silver polish or any special tools; in fact, you probably have a perfectly good cleaner right in your cabinets—or fridge. Here’s how to polish silver using a few popular methods, with before-and-after photos so you can decide which method is right for you. (One quick word of caution, though: If you’re trying to polish silver jewelry that contains pearls or semi-precious stones, you’re better off waiting to have a pro clean it. Baking soda and other cleaners can damage them.)