Here is an easy way to clean pieces, sterling and/or plate silver with a large pot of hot hot water and baking soda! Full tutorial, credits and additional resources are in link at bottom. As with any cleaning technique, test this process on a small piece.
I started with a sterling silver pitcher. My thought was go big or go home. It was covered with decades of tarnish.
First take a large pot of water on a slow simmer setting. Add approximately 1/4 cup baking soda . Some tutorials suggest adding a little salt.
Add small sheets of aluminum foil to the water. Once water is simmering, turn off heat. I made the mistake of shaping the foil into a ball which caused the aluminum to rise to the water' surface. I needed the foil to get to the crevices with high concentrations of tarnish. Place sheets along the sides of the pot worked for me. Here's the foil after I removed the sterling pitcher
This is a few minutes later. I repeated the process and weighted the pitcher with a tea kettle. As you can see the full submerged bottom of the pitcher got the best results.
Full tutorial and credit to where I first found the idea is included on blog. I also included a tutorial that includes salt.
Material I used for this project:
- Baking soda, aluminum foil
To see more: https://notatrophywife.com/2017/06/heirloom-silver/