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Easy Way to Clean Sterling Silver Heirlooms

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Here is an easy way to clean sterling silver with a large pot of hot simmering water and baking soda! Full tutorial, credits and additional resources are in link at bottom.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
I started with a sterling silver pitcher. My thought was go big or go home. It was covered with decades of tarnish.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
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.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
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
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
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.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
Full tutorial and credit to where I first found the idea is included on blog. I also included a tutorial that includes salt.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
Thank you! Laura

Material I used for this project:

  • Baking soda, aluminum foil

To see more: https://notatrophywife.com/2017/02/easy-way-to-clean-sterling-silver/

  • Xoqtox1960
    Xoqtox1960 Brooklyn, NY

    can I ask why it looks a little milky?

    • Xoqtox1960
      Xoqtox1960 Brooklyn, NY

      I though maybe it needed to be shined with a cloth

  • Sabra Harris

    This is how Nr Wizard used to do it!

  • Stanpat

    I would use great caution with heirloom silver using this method.

  • Arlis
    Arlis Napa, CA

    you need to polish the milky coating off the silver after doing the aluminum foil cleaning

  • Judy
    Judy Brighton, MI

    I've used it once and than added an old, clean polishing cloth to the solution. After the cloth dried I used it to polish my silver jewelry.

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