Cleaning silver, the natural way.

cleaning silver naturallyMy mom recently gave me a bunch of silver teaspoons she found stored away.  Many were hers, but quite a few were my Grandmothers.  I remember being fascinated with them when I was small.  They were displayed on a spoon rack and I’d take them all off, study them, play with them, use them for tea parties, then put them all away.  I was little, they were shiny… any parent knows shiny things attract children lol.

SAM_9732Needless to say, I was excited to see some of my old favourites, although, they definitely were not shiny anymore.  Tarnish had replaced their sparkle long ago.  It happens.  Silver jewelry is another common tarnish victim.  A few months and they are quickly dull and lack luster.

Fear not, there is an easy way to clean your silver pieces using house hold items.  Some of you might already be familiar with this method, but for those that aren’t, don’t bother buying silver cleaners.  This method will do the trick and you likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

1 Tbsp table salt
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
1 cup boiling water
Aluminum foil
Suitable sized bowl
Polishing cloth / microfiber cloth

SAM_9739In a bowl large enough to have all your pieces sitting on the bottom without over crowding, place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up.  Ensure the aluminum covers the entire bottom of the bowl, it can even come up the sides a bit.

Add the salt and baking soda.  Slowly add the vinegar.  It will foam quite a bit.  Slowly pour in the boiling water and stir to dissolve the baking soda and salt.  

Drop in your pieces, ensuring each piece is contacting the foil and completely submerged (I did a double batch for my spoons but my bowl should have been a bit bigger as they are a bit crowded).

Let them sit for a few minutes.   I flipped my spoons after a bit so the other sides would get contact to the foil.

SAM_9735After about 2o minutes I came back, rinsed them off and polished them with a microfiber cloth.  Good as new!  Considering these spoons are 40 years old or more…. I think it worked pretty great.

SAM_9749If you have very heavy tarnish buildup, you may need to repeat the process a second time.

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