How to Clean Silver Heirlooms

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Here is an easy way to clean pieces, sterling and/or plate silver with a large pot of hot hot water and baking soda! Full tutorial, credits and additional resources are in link at bottom. As with any cleaning technique, test this process on a small piece.I started with a sterling silver pitcher. My thought was go big or go home. It was covered with decades of tarnish.
This pitcher was tarnished and it had so many intricate details. Here are the steps to clean heirloom silver.
  1. Bring large pot of water to a slow simmer setting
  2. Add approximately 1/4 cup baking soda. Some tutorials suggest adding a little salt. I added a little more baking soda and salt.

Once the water begins to simmer, turn off the heat. Add slightly crumpled sheets of aluminum paper to the simmering pot of water. I made the mistake of rolling the aluminum paper into balls which resulted in them floating to the top. I added additional aluminium foil and tucked the sheets around the pitcher. You want the foil to be near the crevices with high concentrations of tarnish. Here's the foil after I removed the sterling pitcher.
This is a few minutes later. I repeated the process and weighted the pitcher down with a tea kettle. As you can see the full submerged bottom of the pitcher got the best results.
I love the results. However, if you do not get the results you had hoped for repeat the process and increase your baking soda.
Full tutorial and credit to where I first found the idea is included on my website, Everyday Edits dot co. Here is the link to other popular projects.

Suggested materials:

  • Baking soda, aluminum foil   (Costco)
  • Water

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  • N_y10647978 N_y10647978 on May 21, 2017
    any ideas for a similar way of cleaning lots of brass ornaments
    • Dana Dana on May 21, 2017
      To Clean Brass...
      Ingredients:
      • 1/2 a lemon
      • a teaspoon or so of baking soda
      • a small bowl to mix your paste
      • and some dirty brass
      Stir the baking soda and lemon mix until it forms a delicious smelling paste.

      Rub the paste over the brass, once your done wash off the item dry it and it's done.

    • Hester Regan Hester Regan on May 21, 2017
      thank you, Dana. I am going to try this today.....
    • Karen Karen on May 21, 2017
      Ketchup and salt cleans brass and copper
    • Suzanne Suzanne on May 21, 2017
      use only for silver " plate " not fine "Sterling" ...
  • Bbu12479452 Bbu12479452 on May 21, 2017
    Can you use this on silver plated items or only sterling silver?
  • Rre17555912 Rre17555912 on May 21, 2017
    Do you use the foil to scrub the item?
    • Acn9109289 Acn9109289 on May 21, 2017
      No, just the presence of the foil in the water causes the tarnish to transfer over.
  • Ill2818195 Ill2818195 on May 21, 2017
    Pleas in spanish
    • Ill2818195 Ill2818195 on May 21, 2017
      Please traslade in spanish
  • 15330759 15330759 on May 21, 2017
    I have bad news, but it must be said.This will actually ruin your silver. I used this process years ago and was delighted to see the tarnish transferring to the aluminum foil however I noticed the surface texture was no longer sleek and smooth and silky. My pieces would no longer shine. I never used the process again. Recently I have seeing the process on the Internet and it inspired me to do a little additional internet research. I am no chemist, but this is all about chemistry. Tarnish is silver sulfide and the process actually alters the molecules creating aluminum sulfide. In the course of transferring the sulfur from the Silver to the aluminum, silver molecules detach from the object and re-attach. They are not in exactly the same location and the result is a loss of polished smoothness. That is the best I can explain it and others can explain it much better. Use it on your junk silver If you must. Do not use it on Sterling. Do not use it on anything valuable. Do not use it on good plate. my business is antique silver and it is very obvious when an object has been cleaned in this fashion. We send it to London and be re-silvered and re-polished before it is again valuable.
    • Jop12914275 Jop12914275 on May 21, 2017
      You have to take a soft cloth and polish the silver and it will be fine. I have cleaned my silver for 59 years like this and have never damaged anything. You don't have to heat the water. Use a cake pan, line it with aluminum foil, put 2 tspns of baking soda and 1 tspn of salt in it and stir well. Lay the item in the mixture and turn as necessary. Rinse off under the faucet then IMMEDIATELY polish with an old towel. The piece will be smooth and shiney.
    • Merrilee Morrison-Cotter Merrilee Morrison-Cotter on May 21, 2017
      The photos also show that the dark color in the crevices has disappeared. Some of that is put there intentionallyto bring out the pattern. In any case, a bit of that color is desirable.
    • Julie Blair Julie Blair on May 21, 2017
      You only have to resilver silver plate not sterling silver. Also this jug is silver plate not sterling or it wouldn't have the black spots.also do you happen to know how to get iron spots off silver plate. I have silver plate flatware and well water very hard water. Some of the tea spoons sat too long in a water filled sink and the iron from the water adhered to the spoons.
    • Wwo22308059 Wwo22308059 on May 21, 2017
      you are so right! The only way to get sterling back to it's shine is to have it buffed. There are several jewelers in your cities that have a buffing machine. To me one of the beauties of having silver is the patina of the darkness around the design (like the fruit on Francis 1) If my silver is being used first I clean it with a mixture of 1/2 cup of hot water to 1/2 ammonia and a squirt of blue dawn dish soap. dry then polish with a good silver polish and dust it with a soft micro cloth every 2 weeks. If you don't use it clean then store in silver cloth. Almost any fabric store carries it or can order. I got mine at Hancocks. If you have a lot line a closet. Susan















  • Mgkiely Mgkiely on May 21, 2017
    I see that the tarnish is removed but it looks dull, do you now polish it ?
    • Ruth Ruth on May 21, 2017
      wash it in warm soapy water and dry with a non-abrasive towel
    • Ruth Ruth on May 21, 2017
      polishing with silver polish takes the top layer of silver off
  • Elizabeth Helmer Elizabeth Helmer on May 21, 2017
    Do you think this would work on Brass?
  • Janet Thompson Janet Thompson on May 21, 2017
    Do you realize this is a chemical exchange process between silver and aluminum where you are actually taking SILVER off the surface of your valuable piece? If it is silverplate, it will eventually eat away all your silverplate!
  • Fwo23001078 Fwo23001078 on May 21, 2017
    Have been told that this method ruins your silverr
  • Dorothy Dorothy on May 21, 2017
    Don't you also remove all the antiquing ? Referring the dark area in the design.

  • Al Al on May 21, 2017
    Will that work on copper as well?
    • Amy Lyn Richards Amy Lyn Richards on May 21, 2017
      for copper... rub it with lemon or lime juice and salt
    • Sat14373452 Sat14373452 on May 21, 2017
      Or ketchup
    • Vwa23911465 Vwa23911465 on May 21, 2017
      In Morocco the women used half a lemon and very fine sand to clean both copper and brass.
    • Mary Courtney Mary Courtney on May 21, 2017
      I use hot sauce for copper. Cleans it quick, no matter how bad it is. :-)
    • Karen Gravelle Karen Gravelle on May 21, 2017
      For my copper-bottomed pans, I use dill pickle juice. Pour the juice into a GLASS pan, set the pan into the juice (weight the pan with the pickle jar or something else), and allow it to work. Takes only a little while, or leave it longer, if you wish. . Remove pan, rinse, and dry. Works great.
  • Nancy Baker Nancy Baker on May 21, 2017
    is that a silver plate pitcher or sterling silver? Does this system work on both?
  • Hma21654760 Hma21654760 on May 21, 2017
    Did you polish it after removing tarnish?
  • Mar16248398 Mar16248398 on May 21, 2017
    Would that work on sterling flatware too?
    • Lcmc815 Lcmc815 on May 21, 2017
      Yes!

    • Linda Linda on May 21, 2017
      I also use this technique to clean my sterling silver jewelry, even the pieces with softer stones and pearls. My recipe for this is to line a bowl with foil, add 1 tsp of soda, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp of dish soap. Works well on the sterling chains where the tarnish gets between the links!
    • Donna Donna on May 21, 2017
      I've used this method and sadly it also removes the patina
    • Anne Anne on May 21, 2017
      Never try to clean pearls in any solution! Wipe them with a soft cloth.
  • Rge22400559 Rge22400559 on May 21, 2017
    i have a bronze tea service from thailand thast is badly tarnished....can i use this same method to clean that
    • Der23770390 Der23770390 on May 21, 2017
      Use Coca Cola, a couple of liter bottles, pour into a plastic bucket and let them stand In that for a while and rub with a toothbrush if required !
  • Stella Stella on May 21, 2017
    Will this process strip a layer of the silver off the piece and will it work on silverplated pieces ?
    • Linda Linda on May 21, 2017
      Yes, it worked on silver plated spoons for me... have wrapped them up and stored them.....hope they are still good!
    • Anngraystone Anngraystone on May 21, 2017
      Yes, it works on silverplate as it only takes off the tarnish, not the silver.
      It does not etch or dissolve the silver.
    • Katie Corrigan Katie Corrigan on May 21, 2017
      Every time you polish silver you are taking a bit of the silver off the piece. Over time if you polish your silver plated pieces a lot you will eventually get down to the copper or brass base.

      Also beware with this technique you may remove the patina tarnish from the crevices of the piece so don't leave it in too long. You want the black tarnish to remain in the crevices so you can see the detail in the nooks and crannies.
    • Kim Perry Kim Perry on May 21, 2017
      Yes, this process is one of the worst for cleaning your silver. Check on a reputable silversmith website, one from the Socity of American Silversmiths. Jeffrey Herman at hermansilver.com has been my go to for years.
    • Seb17934102 Seb17934102 on May 21, 2017
      Do not use this technique unless you don't want your silver to last!
    • Jan9004940 Jan9004940 on May 21, 2017
      Watch Antiques Roadshow and see all the disappointed people who cleaned, polished or otherwise cleaned old silver, sculpture, or furniture and watched the dollar signs go south because the patina was gone. Check with an expert before you do anything to old items.
  • Mpa22531139 Mpa22531139 on May 21, 2017
    I have a very large serving tray and I don't have a pot large enough to put the tray in what do you suggest?
    • Joyce Joyce on May 21, 2017
      The bathtub, perhaps
    • Kel Kel on May 21, 2017
      Do one end thenrepeat for the other.
    • Anngraystone Anngraystone on May 21, 2017
      If you have a large enough sink, spread the aluminum foil in the sink, put the tray in it, and then pour the solution over it. If sink is not large enough, do it partially, in 2 or 3 sections.
    • Barbara Liston Barbara Liston on May 21, 2017
      Been doing this in kitchen sink for years, putting foil in first, [to cover bottom] then sprinkling b.soda, then hot water. Finally a thorough rinsing. I suspect silverplate eventually wears away as I noticed several of my cherished odd pieces are showing wear just recently [after decades of use by my Grandmother and me when only silver polish was used]. I plan to have them re-plated.
    • Lora Lee Fry Lora Lee Fry on May 21, 2017
      A cookie sheet with aluminum, soda and hot water for the bottom and just put the aluminum, baking soda on the top side of the tray and pour on more boiling water. I would do it on a table outside so you do not worry about silver. Rinse the spills away with the hose when done. The baking soda will dilute enough to not harm anything.

    • Carol Guidry Alcasey Carol Guidry Alcasey on May 21, 2017
      There are some large plastic bins that are pretty shallow, about 4 inches deep. You can buy them at Walmart or target among many other places for about $8. There is plenty of surface area for a large serving tray in one of those
    • Nette Nette on May 21, 2017
      Or even a deep plastic bin. Just fill to the level you need.
    • Devi Alandur Raghuraman Devi Alandur Raghuraman on May 21, 2017
      Try the disposable aluminum trays. U can just throw them away after use.
    • Anne DeMore Anne DeMore on May 21, 2017
      The sink or the bath tub!
    • MIck MIck on May 21, 2017
      LOVE the suggestion to use a large aluminum container. The Dollar store has them & my guess is you wouldn't have to use aluminum foil in addition to it....
    • Annabelle Annabelle on May 21, 2017
      I purchase HUGE disposable aluminum roasting pans from the grocery store each holiday season, and use those. After cleaning, I polish to preserve the silver. Always polish afterwards when using chemical cleaners, especially Tarnex.
    • Judy Johnson Renault Judy Johnson Renault on May 21, 2017
      Maybe a large roasting pan or the bottom of your broiling pan?
    • Judy Johnson Renault Judy Johnson Renault on May 21, 2017
      Maybe a large roasting pan or the bottom of your broiling pan?
    • Bren lang Bren lang on May 21, 2017
      What about using a large trash bag and put it all in a trash bag. Make sure the liquid completely covers the platter. This is what I do when I clean my oven.
  • Jud8104147 Jud8104147 on May 21, 2017
    Just a word of caution, though. I used this technique with candlesticks, and two pieces separated. Apparently they had been clued somehow and the hot water caused them to come apart. Just bad luck, but I don't know how to be sure they aren't glued before putting them in the water...
    • Jud8104147 Jud8104147 on May 21, 2017
      Typo: I meant "glued", not clued.
    • Jean Stevens Jean Stevens on May 21, 2017
      LOL that is funny, I readitca GLUED. Had to look again to see if I had. Hope you were able to restore the candlecsticks! I have just Soda and water to clean Silver.
    • MsCaliLady MsCaliLady on May 21, 2017
      Just proves a reader doesn't focus on each and every word. I did the same thing...haha
    • Shauna Steadman Shauna Steadman on May 21, 2017
      So did I
    • Kathy Chance Kathy Chance on May 21, 2017
      I've used this method water doesn't have to b boiling just warm not even hot
    • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on May 21, 2017
      The glued piece probably was mended before: I can't imagine a silversmith gluing pieces together. The gluer must have done a great job. I always say, what was glued before can be glued again. Thanks for sharing.
  • Dianne Couvillion Dianne Couvillion on May 21, 2017
    I have silver bracelets that are over 100 yrs and silver is filthy will this clean them?
    • Mary L Carlos Mary L Carlos on May 21, 2017
      Yes it will. I prefer the salt method. It doesn't leave a film on the item like baking soda does. Although it does wipe off. Either way is good.
    • Ardale Ardale on May 21, 2017
      It will work on your bracelets but to get a much better shine you'd be better off buying a jar of liquid jewelry cleaner. I use something called (Silver Brite) silver dip cleaner which is made strictly for cleaning jewelry and is not made to clean and polish anything but jewelry. I got mine on ebay and it cleans all of my jewelry both silver and gold but you can't use it on pearls. It's a acid so it will dissolve pearls and will etch your counter top or steel sink. It comes in a plastic jar complete with a little jewelry basket you just lower into the liquid and it cleans and shines your jewelry right before your eyes. Once clean just take out the little basket and rinse your jewelry. Very fast and leaves your jewelry sparkling.
    • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on May 21, 2017
      If your jewelery has any kind of design in it I wouldn't do this. the designs are supposed to have the black tarnish in them it's what makes the design stand out. I bought a silver polishing cloth off amazon. you just lightly buff your silver with it and it makes it shine beautifully.
    • Carol Carol on May 21, 2017
      I use it all the time (salt method on a piece of tin foil) for my mother's antique silver etched earrings and it works great. they look brand new after doing this treatment. I don't like the thought of putting my good silver into anything acid.
    • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on May 21, 2017
      A note about tarnish remover: If your piece is plated the 'silver polish' will take the finish right off. I found that out when I accidently left a crystal perfume bottle to soak and forgot about it for 2 hours. Took the silver collar right off and left the base metal alone.
  • Red19259983 Red19259983 on May 21, 2017
    Would something like this work for Silverware? I collect "spoons"!
    • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on May 21, 2017
      I do this all the time. I wrap the silverware in aluminum and submerge in boiling baking soda water. Works every time!
    • Cindy Cindy on May 21, 2017
      I think just using Tarnex would be easier and put papers down to catch any drips etc. This method of boiling water, baking soda sounds like too much work to me. Sorry !
  • Mar21526047 Mar21526047 on May 21, 2017
    About how long does the removal take?
  • Alice Jones Alice Jones on May 21, 2017
    I just used your method of silver cleaning On my counter. Ruined the cabinet. It turned th wood all black. Help.
    • Missy Burch Missy Burch on May 21, 2017
      i think she meant it boiled over onto the counter.
    • Alice Jones Alice Jones on May 21, 2017
      i mixed as it said. I put it in a deep container cause my silver ware was all hanging ing on an ornament to use as a hanging display. When I took it out it ran over the bench and over the drawer. That caused the drawer tu turn black. You make it sound like I was a bimbo. I just said it as a warning not to get it on your wood. Your welcome.
    • Connie Connie on May 21, 2017
      Can you use a tarnish paste to clean up the boo boo?
    • Maryllier Maryllier on May 21, 2017
      Im just lovin that silver pot!
    • Kathryn Sanderson Kathryn Sanderson on May 21, 2017
      There's been some discussion about whether or not this method (with aluminum foil and baking soda) removes some of the silver.

      Here's something from the University of Wisconsin explaining how the method words. It also says that it doesn't remove any of the silver. It doesn't say anything about it removing the patina or leaving blotches, though.

      I'm guessing (and it's just a guess) that commercial liquid silver cleaners like Tarn-X and Tarnaway have (or had) a different chemical composition, which would explain why they removed some of the silver.

    • Debra Athas Debra Athas on May 21, 2017
      I've also found this successful in old pots made of aluminum. I don't recall using the baking soda, but I'm sure that's helpful. I wasn't really trying to clean such a large piece though.
  • Sca21625103 Sca21625103 on May 21, 2017
    can this method be used on silver plate?
    • Ginny Long Ginny Long on May 21, 2017
      I've used an aluminum pan,baking soda and boiling water.
    • Cud15744056 Cud15744056 on May 21, 2017
      I used it on both and it does clean silver plated. Couldn't tell the real from plated silverware until they were cleaned !
    • Kaioverbeck Kaioverbeck on May 21, 2017
      Once you ad the ingredients and the silver does it need to boil and for how long?
    • Emmer Holbrook Emmer Holbrook on May 21, 2017
      you don't need to boil. just leave in the hot water until cool for max cleaning.

    • Mkn22138861 Mkn22138861 on May 22, 2017
      Be careful with silverplate. I ruined a beautiful set of very expensive candlesticks. It remives a bit of the silver. But I still use it on my inexpensive pieces. Remember to wash it, wipe it down & shine it. It will look like new. I also do this with my sterling silver jewelry.
  • Bev22004255 Bev22004255 on May 21, 2017
    can this be used to clean regular tarnished silverware?
    • Connie Connie on May 21, 2017
      Yes but be careful in using this because it removes the dark around raised designs. You may want that darkness that was put there originally.
    • Margie Hemwall Brewer Margie Hemwall Brewer on May 22, 2017
      Yes. I put my silverware in a large aluminum baking pan. I sprinkle the baking soda over the silver, and pour the hot water over all.
  • Caj11278368 Caj11278368 on May 21, 2017
    Will it work on silver plated ?
    • Emmer Holbrook Emmer Holbrook on May 21, 2017
      yes, it will. this is an ion exchange process.
      i think that pitcher may be plate--just because solid silver would be astronomically expensive and there are so many more silver plate pieces around.
      try cleaning copper by spraying or dipping the surface and then sprinkling on table salt for a dramatic change.
    • Judy Judy on May 22, 2017
      Work really good on silverware , its not as bulky
  • Tusharbina Tusharbina on May 21, 2017
    What if it is not sterling silver but pure silver?
  • Barbara Barbara on May 22, 2017
    Some big silver items are weighted in the base and handles and are glued together st The joins I had been told these items should never be put into hot hot water and should never be immersed. How did you then get a shine on your pitcher ?
    • Jean Sherrod Burkhart Jean Sherrod Burkhart on May 22, 2017
      This has cleaning technique has been around for years, and several years ago, I used it to clean my silver tea pot. You do have to be careful b/c if the handle is glued on, which mine was, it can fall off, which mine did. I had to glue it back on, and it still falls off from time to time. I would be afraid to put liquid in it now and carry it by its handle. I wouldn't trust the handle not to fall off.
  • Buc22412372 Buc22412372 on May 22, 2017
    Would this work for copper?
    • Jill Moore Jill Moore on May 22, 2017
      salt and lemon for copper

    • Suzet Suzet on May 23, 2017
      Salt substitute and white vinegar keeps my copper bottom 60 year old Revereware pans shiny. I use them almost everyday.
    • Suzet Suzet on May 23, 2017
      Salt substitute and white vinegar keeps my copper bottom 60 year old Revereware pans shiny. I use them almost everyday.
    • Molly Molly on May 23, 2017
      I'm with Jill...in the 50's my mother would wet the copper piece, add salt then use a cut lemon to rub away the tarnish. Works great! For either the copper w/ salt & lemon or the silver w/ a piece of foil in baking dish w/ baking soda, u don't need an exact amount. For the silver just lay the pieces on sheet of foil, add water to cover then pour in baking soda. I nuke the water to boil. For rings, I put a small piece of foil in small boil, add water & baking soda. No chemicals, so no damage...just be careful w/ jewelry that has stones & boiling water. The tarnish transfers to the foil.
    • Arlis Arlis on May 24, 2017
      ketsup also works on copper
  • Tusharbina Tusharbina on May 22, 2017
    MIne is pure Silver Hindu deity. PLease clarify as these are not Silver Plated. YEt they are not Sterling Silver either!!! I am concerned before I try yr method!!

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    • Arlis Arlis on May 24, 2017
      I would not use the soda method on your Hindu items . I would use silver wipes or just plain tooth paste. I can't remember what that type of silver is but it is interesting
  • Jme11588583 Jme11588583 on May 23, 2017
    Is this method hard on the silver?
    • Arlis Arlis on May 24, 2017
      yes on fine delicate pieces. this removes a miniscule bit of silver so is not meant for slight amounts of tarnish such as on the end of a fork or tip of a spoon

    • Janice A Janice A on May 29, 2017
      years ago when you could buy. Powdered Spick and Span. Detergent. You ran hot hot water in sick and lined the sink with the tin foil and dipped the silver and it came out shining.....but now you can't find powdered spick and span.... tried tide but it didnt work too well....
  • Kathryn Kathryn on May 23, 2017
    how would this work on plated silver?
    • Arlis Arlis on May 24, 2017
      yes, it does but remember this is removing a minuscule bit of silver so don't leave article in solution any longer than necessary . for final bits of tarnish remove with cleaner by hand instead of leaving in solution longer.
    • M.L. Friel M.L. Friel on Jun 09, 2017
      Yes, I clean both silver plate & sterling in a hot water/aluminum/soda bath, however Rather than baking soda, go to the 'Soaps & Detergents' aisle of your grocery store & look for the bright box with a big red circle displaying "Arm & Hammer", beneath in blue is "Super Washing Soda"...use this instead. Also use heavy duty aluminum foil, it lasts longer in your soak.
      Makes the job a breeze, & you should be Very Happy with the results.
    • WendySue WendySue on Jul 02, 2017
      Great suggestion M.L.! I use Washing Soda in my laundry too....works wonderfully to remove stains and bump up the detergents. This sure beats Tarnix which I was using to wipe down my jewelry chains with. (I don't soak them...too much plating is removed.)
    • Everyday Edits Everyday Edits on Jul 05, 2017
      Thank you to all for the comments and suggestions.
  • K. K. on May 24, 2017
    Love this piece, where did you get it?
  • Cam12496131 Cam12496131 on May 27, 2017
    "What method would one use to clean brass - very discolored
    • Nancy Nancy on May 29, 2017
      I almost hate to make a suggestion due to the negative comments some people make, but this worked for me polishing 3 large brass candlesticks. I used powdered Barkeeper's Friend and a wet sponge. Then I discovered spray foam Barkeeper's Friend at Lowe's. When they needed to be polished again, I sprayed on the foam, rubbed it around with my hands and rinsed it off. It was so easy I couldn't believe it!
    • Andrea Andrea on May 30, 2017
      Ketchup. Wipe it on, let it sit for a few minutes and rin off with a soft cloth. Repeat to remove severe tarnish; rinse off and dry.
    • Joy Jackson Joy Jackson on May 30, 2017
      One teaspoon of good dish washing liquid mixed with one teaspoon of powdered Tartaric Acid, add a little water to disolve the powder. Wipe on to item with sponge, rinse off in sink or a large container and dry with a soft cloth. By the time you have done a few items, the rinse water is strong enough to clean other brass ware without your having to make up more mixture.
    • Cindy Lieb Cindy Lieb on May 31, 2017
      I used ketchup and it worked soooo good.
    • M.L. Friel M.L. Friel on Jun 09, 2017
      My Antique brass fireplace fender was so tarnished I was afraid it would Never look good again...in desperation I tried "Barkeepers Friend (since 1882") powder on a moist sponge, a little 'elbow grease', & it came out sparkling & looking fine!
    • Cam12496131 Cam12496131 on Jun 10, 2017
      Thank you very, very much. Will give it a try!!
    • Kym Kym on Jun 16, 2017
      I found this one by accident. Anyone use the blue stuff in the dishwasher to get spots off glasses? we have very hard water and if I don't use rinse aid it's gnarly. I put a little JetDry Finish on a paper towel and wiped off a long section of an antique carved brass lamp and it immediately removed the oxidation. Wiped it down with warm water and dried it, this thing looks brand new!
    • WendySue WendySue on Jul 02, 2017
      I love this tip Kym! Jet Dry or any "blue or yellow" ones is a surfactant and is used in commercial laundry soap, etc. It makes things kind of "un-glue" to surfaces and makes things smooth....like in hair shampoos too. I'm going to try it on my utensils....like the spoons always have spots on them.
      Thanks again!

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