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Cleaning Silver

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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.

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  • FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna
    FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna Canada
    on Dec 31, 2012

    I can barely believe it! Taking notes!!!

  • Laura, Pet Scribbles
    Laura, Pet Scribbles Little Egg Harbor, NJ
    on Dec 31, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! I remember using icky Silver polish on my Mom's silver as a little girl. This looks much easier, and less toxic!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jan 1, 2013

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 1, 2013

    This is so much fun! We learned this back in chemistry in college and thought it was a terrific trick. You can put aluminum foil in a glass corning pot on the stove, add a little soda and salt and once the water heats to boiling, remove from heat and set aside...and use it to clean your silver jewelry. Always wash well in warm soapy water. It was my understanding that every time you clean your silver with polish, you take away some of the silver...?? And this is sooooo easy. When they made large aluminum dish pans, women used to keep one just for cleaning their silver!

  • Mary L
    Mary L Mayville, MI
    on Jan 1, 2013

    And to think I just paid $25 for some magic powders and a aluminum plate to put in the sink. Good job!

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