Even though fake jewelry, otherwise known as costume or fashion jewelry, may not be the real thing, that does not stop necklaces, rings and trinkets from accumulating tarnish and dust as quickly as their precious metal counterparts. To keep your costume jewelry sparkling like new, you can easily remove tarnish with just a few simple steps and ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard.
Prepare a plate. Use an aluminum plate, such as a pie plate, or substitute an aluminum plate with a normal plate covered in aluminum foil. Wrap aluminum foil around the plate loosely, covering the surface completely. Be careful not to tear the foil, and do not wrap the foil so tightly that it will break or collapse when you place the jewelry on it.
Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon baking soda to the plate.
Heat up 1 to 2 cups of water in the microwave or in a teakettle. Do not bring the water to a boil. Wait until you see the water begin to steam. In a microwave, this should take less than two minutes on a high power setting. When the water is hot, pour it over the salt and baking soda mixture on the plate.
Stir the mixture gently with a spoon, dissolving the powder. Wait until you do not see any clumps of powder mixture. Allow at least one minute for the mixture to liquefy.
Carefully place your costume jewelry into the solution. Allow the jewelry to steep in the solution until it obtains the desired result and at least half of the tarnish has disappeared. This will range from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Polish the remaining tarnish from the jewelry using a clean rag. The time required to polish the piece will vary based on the intricacy of the design and the amount of tarnish on it. Once the tarnish has been reduced, the polishing procedure is quick and hassle free when compared to polishing with soap and water.