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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
  • Donna Wiley
    Donna Wiley Hockessin, DE

    I don't use salt because it causes pitting. Baking soda and boiling water works great.

  • Sharongl22

    I wouldn't use salt either as just th soda works well.

  • Wannabechef2

    What are the measurements of salt and baking soda?

  • Lynell Palermo

    Will this work on jewelry

  • Susie
    Susie United Kingdom

    Never used salt as soda crystals work just fine on their own