How do I clean silver and turquoise?

DIY Formula

Mix together two parts of ammonia, one part silver polish and 10 parts cold water to make your own silver polishing cloth, according to Linda Cobb from her book “Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean.” Add several small cotton square pieces. Dump out the mixture and hang the cloths up to drip dry. Once dry, these can be used as jewelry cleaners or silver cleaner, suggests Cobb.


Clean the turquoise stones, and silver surrounding it, gently with a silver polishing cloth to remove tarnish and dirt. Do not submerge or soak turquoise in water as this can cause stone discoloration, according to Woman’s Day.

Wipe turquoise with a damp cloth and immediately buff dry with a clean, soft cloth for another option, states the San Diego Union-Tribune.


“Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean”; Linda Cobb; Pocket Books; 1998

Woman’s Day: How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home

San Diego Union-Tribune: Cleaning and Caring for Turquoise