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Do Those Pinterest Recipes Work? Come Take the Silver Polish Test!

I put a popular homemade jewelry cleaner recipe that I found on PInterest to the test against my old trusty stand-by, Wright's Silver Cream. The homemade recipe called for heated water, baking soda, salt and aluminum foil. The chemical reaction smell gave me a headache all night.
Let's play a little game. Can you figure out which vase is which?
One vase is the 'before' image for the group. They all looked like this before the experiment began. Shameful, I know.
One vase was left to soak the BOTTOM HALF ONLY in the Homemade Jewelry Cleaner (HJC) for 10 minutes.
One vase was cleaned with Wright's Silver Cream 100% and didn't touch the HJC
One vase was soaked completely in the HJC for 10 minutes and rinsed with clean water.
One vase was soaked completely in the HJC for 10 minutes and then scrubbed with Wright's Silver Cream.
I think we have a clear winner here, what do you think ?
Shiny things make me happy, do you agree?
Come see which vase is which on my blog! Click the link below to read the full post and find out which silver polish worked best.

To see more: http://unskinnyboppy.com/2012/04/very-pinteresting-homemade-jewelry/

Ask the creator about this project

  • 3popps
    on Jan 9, 2013

    Good to know. You were brave to take this sacrifice so the rest of us don't have to.

  • Deanne L
    Deanne L Australia
    on Jan 9, 2013

    My comment disappeared into cyberspace on your blog. But I will say that I have used this method for years and never had a problem. I have never ever smelt any chemicals and my silver is always sparkling. Your water should be boiling- I use tongs, do not rinse it off just give it a good rub with an old towel and any marks left on it will come off with a rub with your finger and damp bi-carb soda, if the object is not fully immersed turn it over frequently, do not leave it sitting half in and out or it will leave a ring. Hope that helps.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 9, 2013

    I don't know what happened to your experiment, but it has worked for me for 60 years!

  • Lorraine F
    Lorraine F Virginia Beach, VA
    on Jan 9, 2013

    I recently tried the alternate method on Thanksgiving morning out of desperation and it worked well. I think the boiling water is important. One of the best uses is the fact that it will get off 90%of the tarnish and then a quick rub of the silver cream leaves a nice gleaming piece of silver with a LOT less work!

  • Sharon C
    Sharon C Noble, OK
    on Jan 9, 2013

    Your tarnished piece is not silver, it is a plate and should never be cleaned withh anything unless it specifically says it's for plated pieces. You can have it re-plated.

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