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Cleaning Silver

My New Year's clean sweep as usual turned into a week long project where I get in the weeds trying to organize the house for a fresh start. Cleaning up after the holiday parties turned into a complete reorg of every serving piece in the house. I decided to give a try to an idea I'd seen on Pinterest for cleaning silver. I collect yard sale silver plated serving pieces so I was looking for a quick way to shine them up. I lined the sink with foil, added some generous scoops of salt and baking soda and filled the sink with scalding hot water. The chemical reaction resulting from the aluminum, salt and soda removed the tarnish! It actually worked! Lesson learned. Dip the entire piece at once or you'll get a line of demarcation on your piece. I also kept adding hot water and more ingredients because the hotter the water, the quicker it works. Remove the pieces from the solution and buff the remaining spots off with a cotton cloth.
  • cleaning silver, cleaning tips
  • Rsbrown_kit

    olive oil baby oil doesn't matter. Just make sure you rub it dry. It will leave a film to keep air off.

  • Merelyn.sale

    Yes, I'm going to try soon.

  • Cat
    Cat Aberdeen, MD

    is this safe for my jewelry too (i'm thinking of the semi-precious stone)

  • Jacx
    Jacx Albany, OR

    NEVER use this to clean fine antiques. It removes all the patina and will devalue your silver.

    • Bg
      Bg Normal, IL

      ? Please expand upon this.

  • Marcela
    Marcela Panama

    Make sure you do not have a combination of materials. The salt will really damage the accesories

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