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Reader Barbara Decker shares a tip for getting knots out of fine necklace chains.
Reader Barbara Decker shares a tip for getting knots out of fine necklace chains. / Elnur Amikishiyev / Getty Images
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To get a knot out of jewelry or untangle a fine necklace chain, reader Barbara Decker of Fort Collins, Colo., recommends pouring table salt into a small saucer, then dropping your gold or silver chain into the salt.

Next, take a round toothpick, she says, and work out the knots or tangles in the chain by maneuvering the toothpick.

“It works ... really!!!” she says.

Decker adds that there is “no need to wash the necklace after untangling, as the salt is dry and does not stick to it.” But she says that “if a silver cloth is available, it could be used.”

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