Quick Tip for Cleaning Silver Naturally
07/01/2011 10:37 AM
This easy method for cleaning silver comes to us from Wise Bread. Can you guess what favorite household product is essential in this method? If you guessed "baking soda," you're absolutely right. Our frugal friend comes to our aid yet again to tackle the tricky job of cleaning silver. Here are the 3 easy steps that will do the trick:
- Boil some water in a large pot on the stove. Make sure the pot is big enough to fit all of your tarnished silver. Also, leave about 2 inches of space at the top. You don't want to overfill the pot with water.
- Remove the pot from heat once the water is boiling. Drop a piece of aluminum foil into the bottom of your pot and place the silver items on top. Make sure they are covered with the boiling water. Then, shake some baking soda into the pot. You'll notice foaming and bubbling along with a sulfuric smell (like rotten eggs).
- This chemical reaction should remove the tarnish from your silver. The tarnish should be attracted instead to the piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of your pot. Sprinkle baking soda in until the silver is shiny and clean (or until the liquid stops foaming).
For the rest of Wise Bread's article and a warning about abrasive methods, head over to How to Clean Silver Naturally.