The following is a post from contributing writer Jacinda.
I love discovering solutions to a problem that are healthier and more economical than their commercial alternatives! Take silver polish, for instance. Would you believe you can get the same gleaming results using a few, everyday staples without spending a dime on toxic creams? Here’s how you do it.
How to Clean Silver
- Real aluminium foil
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- a deep glass or enamel dish
- Line your dish with a piece of foil.
- Place your silverware inside. The silverware must be touching the aluminium foil, so be sure to follow the process in this order.
- Cover with boiling water and immediately add baking soda. Take a step back as there will be a mild chemical reaction between the baking soda and the aluminum foil.
- Leave your silverware in the baking soda solution for a few more minutes after the “fizz” has settled down.
- Remove silver. Wash and clean in warm water.
- Buff with a soft cloth.
The spoon in the photo above was in the same condition as its case before undergoing a few soakings in the baking soda solution. Severely tarnished items may require a few repetitions of the process before they shine like new again.