I wear a lot of silver jewellery and I also make items from time to time so a good silver jewellery cleaner is a real essential item for me. And I have been using this particular product for many, many years, which I guess gives you an idea that I am a fan!
This silver dip comes in a jar, similar to a large jam jar, and you can see the clear thick liquid inside. The jar has a simple blue label with a shiny silver crown, and a white screwtop lid. It has quite an old-fashioned look to it in some ways. A 265ml jar costs around the £3 mark and you should be able to find it in the cleaning section of larger supermarkets as well as online.
As well as cleaning jewellery you can also use this to clean other small silver items such as cutlery and so on.
A bit of a pong
Firstly a warning - this stuff stinks. It has a somewhat sulphury smell and it is really unpleasant. However I have learned to live with this and can quite happily ignore it now as I know that it will work a treat on my jewellery! If you really can't stand strong smells this may be a problem ... but try and perservere with it as it is worth it, I promise!
Like I say I have loads of silver jewellery, so every now and then I have a big polishing session! As the name of the product suggests, this is designed so that you simply dip items into the jar, leave them for a few minutes before removing, rinsing in water and drying off. Now obviously you can't go throwing silver rings into the jar as you'll never get them out, so what I do is thread rings onto a silver necklace and dunk this in (using a pencil or pen across the top of the jar to stop the chain falling in). Leave everything in the jar for a minute or two - I'll even give the necklace a spin half way through so it gets an even clean too! I have a small tub of clean water on the side so the jewellery then goes straight into the water and gets a quick swish about before I rub the items dry on some kitchen towel or cloth.
You can also pour a small amount of the cleaner into another receptacle that is easier to dip the jewellery into - I always use an old plastic container that I am happy to chuck away afterwards! And for larger items you can dip some cotton wool or a cloth into the fluid and rub over the tarnished item.
And the results?
So a simple dip and a rub later and I find this leaves my silver jewellery looking as good as new and tarnish free. It requires minimum effort - in fact the worst part of the process is tolerating the smell of the solution! And also as I have such a lot of stuff it can be time-consuming for me to clean all my jewellery this way, but it is well worth it as the results are excellent.
As well as solid silver items, this also works well on silver plated items - and on lots of items I have that are made from silver-coloured metal but are not real silver. And not only does it remove unsightly tarnishes - it gives silver a nice shine too. I couldn't possibly ask for anything more!
I love this product as it really does the job with my jewellery and breathes new life into items that are starting to discolour and look grubby, which silver jewellery does have a tendency to do. I find a jar of this lasts forever and I only throw it away once the fluid starts to look a bit murky. I will always have a jar of this on the go and I would actually happily pay double for it as it works so well, and lasts such a long time. And of course it makes my jewellery look lovely and sparkly!
A word of warning - you do need to be careful with items with stones in as this fluid may damage some stones. However I should say that I am a bit lax with things like this and I haven't yet (fingers crossed) had any problems - but I would definitely avoid putting any precious items into the fluid.
For my 18th Birthday I was given a Tiffany Sterling Silver return to Tiffany tag bracelet as a present and knowing that this was not a cheap gift I knew that I had to make sure that I look after it and clean it regularly.
This is when I was shopping one day and I came across Goddard's silver dip cleaner which claimed to clean silver fast. It retailed at I believe just over £5 and I have to say that I was glad to have made the purchase.
I try and use the Cleaner every couple of months to make sure that the jewellery stays as clean as possible as I find that silver jewellery can get really dirty and leave marks on your skin.
Goddard's Silver Dip helps to leave a brilliant shine, whilst also removing the tarnishes it can work on any type of Sterling Silver from silverware, cutlery, jewellery and any other silver items. The liquid formula can also work on those hard to reach areas that are not easily accessed with a cloth.
How to use the product, you dip the item into Goddard's Silver Dip until the tarnish disappears, if the item is too large for the jar, dip cotton wool into the solution and then wipe the cotton wool over the item until the tarnish has gone. Once the tarnish has gone you then wash the item in soapy water and then rinse clean.
Once cleansed thoroughly you then dry the item with a cloth and then you shine the item with a cloth specially designed to clean silver and give it that extra shine finish and leave it looking as good as new. Although you need to make sure that you wash your hands properly after use.
The product recommends that you do not use this solution on Stainless Steel as it will ruin the metal. This product is also quite smelly and it is not a pleasant fragrance either.
I would recommend that you do not leave your items in the solution for too long as it offers a fast reaction to the silver, I would also check that the items you are cleaning are sterling silver as the chemicals in the solution could badly damage other materials.
This is a great product I seem to have had the jar in the cupboard for years and it still works perfectly and as you need a minimal amount I can see it lasting a good few more years. I have tried a number of other silver cleaning products such as a silver cloth or the wool, but i did not see great results and they left you hands dirty and smelly.
I have now been wearing my Tiffany Bracelet for over ten years and I very rarely take it off and give or take a few scuff marks it still looks in great condition. Cleaning the bracelet is also simple and I have cleaned it in a few minutes and it is ready to wear.
I wear a lot of silver jewellrey and have tried all sorts of cleaners over the years, I have even tried coke but the best way in my opinion is to use this cleaner by Goddards.
The dip comes in a clear plastic tub with a plastic basket inside to pop your jewellrey into and lower into the solution; it does smell very strong but certainly does the trick.
I Have found it best to dip items for about ten seconds and then rinse them straight away in water before drying them with a piece of kitchen towel, this stops the silver going a horrible brown colour after a few days.
Some rings and intricate pieces need a bit of a scrub with a toothbrush before rinsing but it takes seconds with this solution and brings everything up gleaming.
Shell, pearls and opals should not be dipped into this cleaner because they are porous stones but I just dip the toothbrush and clean the silver part of the jewellrey piece.
Goddards silver dip can be used over and over and only needs to be replaced when the solution starts to look cloudy. Mine usually lasts about six months.
There are a lot of picture frames and ornaments on the market nowadays made with artificial oxidized silver plate and this solution should not be used on this at all, a good tip for it though is to use neat washing up liquid and a sponge, the tarnish just lifts off and leaves the item gleaming.
For me it is a worthwhile purchase to keep my silver jewellery sparkling and at a cost of 2.25 from Woolworth's a very good bargain.
Goddard's Silver Dip is a detarnisher which simply and safely removes tarnish from cutlery, jewellery and other small items / It works by chemically releasing sulphur from the surface of the silver, resulting in a bright metallic finish.