An Option for Cleaning Silver

As you know, I am a fan of silver.  And silver gets tarnished.  I found an easy solution for this and I thought I would share it with you today.  I don’t know if it is hard on silver plate so I usually only use it for really tarnished pieces.  For regular maintenance I just use a silver polish.  And it is a smelly process.  Just to warn you!

I received this little silver salt cellar awhile ago and it was very tarnished.  I started to polish it by hand (on the left side) but it was slow going so I decided to go the other route.

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I pulled out a bowl and some aluminum foil.

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I fit the foil inside the bowl.

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I put two teaspoons of baking soda and teaspoon of salt in the bowl.

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Then I added one cup of boiling water.

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I submerged the salt cellar into the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes.

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With the heavy tarnish on this piece, I still did a little hand polishing afterwards but it was much easier than before.  Perhaps if I had let it sit for a longer time it would have come totally clean.  I rinsed it with clean water and dried it with a soft cloth.

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This process has surprised me more than once with how shiny the pieces are afterwards.  Again, I don’t know if it is hard on the silver but it works!

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